(Lee Hoffman) – I am writing to tell you why I just now entered the race for the office of National Committeeman.
I first heard of James Smack’s plan to resign when Bill Carns, Nye County Chair, asked for support to elect Pat Kerby as Committeeman. A few days later, we all received the announcement of James’s resignation. I thought about putting in my own name but learned that there were three already running. That seemed to be enough choices so I took no further action.
Then at the end of last week I was informed that only two candidates were active, so I have decided to run.
Before I ask for your support, I want you to know more about me.
I am a fourth generation Nevadan. My father was first a cowboy and later a heavy equipment mechanic, so we moved often. Born in Ely, I also lived in Carson City, Washoe Valley, Lemmon Valley and Elko (EHS grad). The youngest of five sons, I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I hold B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from the Mackay School of Mines at UNR.
Lynne (UNR Gold Medal winner in 1972) and I have been happily married for 41 years and we reared our two children, Brett and Lisa, in Elko. Both children are college graduates (Gonzaga and Hillsdale), married and living independent and productive lives. Since joining as an adult, I have been an active member of my church, serving as a lector and as a member and president of the Parish Council.
In four terms on the Elko City Council, I earned a reputation as a conservative, steady and independent thinker. I am a long time Republican, but only became active in the Party with the 2008 Presidential Preference Poll and State Convention. Since 2009 I have been on the NRCC, served twice as Elko County Republican Party Vice Chairman and am now Chairman. At the last NRCC meeting I was elected Rural Caucus Vice Chairman.
As Elko County Chair, I focused on building active, engaged central and executive committees. For the first time in several years, we have a full executive committee with great participation.
So, what do I bring to the job of National Committeeman?
I recently retired from Newmont Mining Corporation and have the time to devote and the financial resources needed for travel. My last several assignments at Newmont were based not on my technical background, but on my credibility and ability to grow relationships.
I can listen, learn and develop two-way communications with diverse people and interests. I am trusted by those who know me. I know that relationships, trust and a clear vision are essential to successful fundraising.
In the last presidential election cycle, we all know that there were difficulties between the RNC, Team Nevada and the state party. There have also been strained relationships with some of our senior elected officials. As National Committeeman, I will work to enhance our credibility and relationships in order to achieve our common goals.
I look forward to seeing you in Fallon on February 15.