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Donna Graves – Ward 2 Candidate

[NOTE:  See the update section within the body of this post for up-to-the-minute discoveries and other newly revealed happenings.  If new or contradictory information is discovered, this entry will be re-written and/or replaced in the near future]

I have to report to the good citizens of Reno about a recent exchange of messages that I had with Donna Graves, candidate for city council, Ward 2. 

When I first saw her Facebook page I thought, “Excellent – a chance to talk to someone who may get into office about substantiative issues and see just who a person is before we decide to cast our votes.”  I then went to her campaign website HERE to review what her ideas are and find out more about her.

Donna Graves, Ward 2 Candidate

On her website and Facebook pages, we find the usual claims about not being a career politician and, disturbingly, I also noted half a dozen “ideas” some of which were laced with the usual “progressive” ideas about corporate welfare and bailing out home owners who are upside down on their debt-to-value ratios.

I then posted the following at 1 pm today on her Facebook site, with the first 3 paragraphs on her Wall section:

Donna, truthfully – and I dont mean to sound combative – but what I am reading seems to indicate that in you we wont have much different than the current crop of council folks.

Consolidate?  Good.  Be proactive in cutting spending, such as the private building lease vs. putting the public servant in a city owned property (does the city property meet code?  Is it habitable?  What upgrades would be necessary to occupy city property and etc?).

 The point of the matter is government must not become a burden to the citizenry. 

Unfortunately, we have far too many people in elected and unelected positions who front for agendas and ideas that cost money, are not truly helpful and create more government bloat and waste.  Talk of “finding revenue” will be a deal killer in my book and my sentiments are shared by many people it seems to me.

If my practice were at a different place I’d have run for Mayor, but for now I’ll have to be content with darkening the doorway of city council meetings IF I SEE the usual shennanigans happening in our city leadership from here on out.  Like so many others, I am tired of the political games, the spending sprees, obscene grandiose ideas and fanciful political schemes that are so typical of politicians, GOP, DNC or otherwise.

I would also suggest that you declare your party affiliation and state your political philosophy up front, so that voters can fairly evaluate who you are and what you bring to the table of ideas. 

In looking at your website, two things catch my eye which lead me to believe you lean democrat, and in my view, simply present more of the same ideas from the DNC perspective: 

1) “end corporate welfare” – this has been used by democrats as cover using hyperbole to bash corporations, when in fact most corporations in America are small businesses owned locally – so really you’re attacking small business and making US-based businesses weaker and less competive where costs are concerned globally, regionally and nationally; and 

2) “Support assistance to middle class home owners” – first, where do we get the money for this?  Second, where is it written that government must bail out private individuals due to market changes, mistakes they’ve made and etc?  Third, where does the Constitution, state or federal, or our city charter state that government is to shoulder the risk in people’s lives & insulate them from those risks?

The proper role of government must be observed, Donna.  Your ideas, at first blush, appear to ignore such “proper role” considerations and seemingly put you in danger of being another tax-happy official elected to “do something” by the citizens.  The problem is, history is proving such tax-happy / spend-happy policies are unsustainable.

What did I get in return?  At 1:14 pm today here’s a message she sent to me:


My election is like no other. Our wonderful city is in a crisis it hasn’t seen in over 20 years. Our budget has been mishandled and we need leadership, leadership that can make tough decisions. I run the largest multi-family complex in Northern NV. It takes a firm backbone to do the work I do. This experience has given me the knowledge of multi-million dollar budgets. I speak about gaining revenue, because in these times we can not rely on federal grants. We need to cut costs and gain revenue at the same time. We need to ensure that the services that run our city and the services the tax payers pay for are in tact. Laying off 300 people in the last year does not give us those services. I am not a career politician. I am an experienced business woman that IS the right choice for Reno. I hope that you continue read about me and my ideas for Reno.

Donna Graves

I have since sent several messages to her asking for more information and to address the points that I made in the discussions section of her Facebook campaign website.  I’ve gotten nothing back AND WHEN I WENT BACK TO HER FACEBOOK SITE I discovered that my Wall Post and Discussion comment above were both deleted!!!!!!!!

Here’s what she said at 2:19 pm today: 


There are other ways to cut the budget other than laying people off. We could have asked for furloughs which would have saved us on unemployment. There is more to laying people off than just saving money. It actually doesn’t save that much. The jobs they did have to be done by someone. And then on top of paying their wage we have to pay the unemployment. My views and ideas are simple. Reno needs leaders who think about our future. We need to look ahead and not be so short sided. Putting out budget “fires” isn’t they key to a sustainable community.

You truly made no real comments on my site. If you ask me question on my site, I will answer them.

** What’s more, when I try to post questions on her FB site, she deletes them.
*** I’ve posted questions HERE for her to answer – so far, they’re still there.
**** 4/28/10 – Donna has responded to SOME questions HERE.
**** 4/28/10 (
close of business time) – Some associates of Donna’s have contacted me with more information about her and about her goals.  DEVELOPING!!!!!!!!


She claims to not be a career politician, yet she acts just like one when confronted with tough questions and requests for clarification about her ideas and political philosophy.

QUALIFED VOTE FOR/AGAINST RECOMMENDATION:  Thus far, I have to conclude that NO ONE should vote for this candidate due to her refusal to address comments, questions and requests for additional information about who she is and what she believes.   Due to her website ideas, comments and lack of response thus far, I have to conclude she may believe government is the answer to social ills, economic problems and that government should rescue people from the results of bad luck and bad choices.

Time will tell on how this develops.

See you on the battlefield.

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