November 7, 2018

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The long campaign is over and unfortunately, along with all of my fellow Republican Clark County administrative candidates, I fell short.

I have congratulated Rob Telles on his victory (see below), and I sincerely wish him well as he assumes office as Clark County's new Public Administrator.

I appreciate having met so many interesting people along the campaign trail who I otherwise probably would have never gotten to know.

I would like to thank my wonderful wife of 30 years Carole for all of her patience and support during these many months of campaigning.  I would also like to thank everyone who voiced support for me, and I would further like to thank each and every one of the 261,428 citizens that voted for me.

My very best wishes to all!

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Dear Rob, thank you for your friend request!

First and foremost, congratulations on your victory to become Clark County's next Public Administrator!  As per our conversations along the campaign trail, we both entered this race with a sincere desire to serve our community to lead this often overlooked and misunderstood office.  There is clearly quite a lot of work ahead to lobby Clark County to increase -- rather than cut -- budgetary support for the office as the volume of cases continues to grow along with our population growth.  It will be critically important to invest in technological improvements to better manage the huge volume of documents handled by the office.  And as I think we both agree, we need to have more effective outreach to our community so that individuals can find the resources to plan their estates, which will help to alleviate the case load and help families in avoiding costly and time-consuming probate.  If I can be of any assistance moving forward as you assume your new office, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Please accept my sincere best wishes to you and to your family on your election as Clark County Public Administrator -- you should be proud!

Sincerely,

Thomas Fougere

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* Endorsed by the Las Vegas Review Journal:

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/rj-endorses/editorial-rj-endorsements-for-clark-county-offices/

"The Public Administrator oversees the estates of those who have no qualified executors.  Thomas Fougere, a Republican, faces Democrat Robert Telles and a third-party candidate.  Mr. Fougere's 30-year business background and commitment to transparency tip the scales in his favor."

* Endorsed as "Exceptional Supporter of Veterans" by the Nevada Veterans Council. 

* Endorsed by the Nevada Veterans Association with the citation: "Thomas Fougere is a trusted member of the community with impeccable integrity and work ethic. His approach will undoubtedly serve the residents of Clark County well and understands the implied tasks of the office he’s seeking that will be invaluable to veterans."

* Endorsed by the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Nevada.

* Rated 3-1/2 Stars by the Libertarian Party of Nevada:

* Endorsed by Gentlyhewstone.

* Endorsed by Nonpartisan Network.

 

My Background and Qualifications:

* Education: I hold a Master's Degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.) awarded by San Francisco State University.  I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

* I have 13 years' experience as a Nevada-licensed Real Estate Broker-Salesperson, during which time I have seen many probate listings.  I have prepared Broker Price Opinions (BPOs) to provide expert valuation for properties requiring court approval.

* I have 30 years' experience in international trade businesses, during which I managed logistical operations for several leading multi-billion dollar publicly-listed corporations.  This has provided me with excellent experience in greatly improving operational efficiencies within large organizations, and has allowed me to hone my skills as an expert in complex business negotiations in an international environment with people of diverse nationalities and cultures.  I am fluent in German and French.

* I plan to draw on my substantial experience in improving operational efficiencies by completely reviewing the large current caseload in the Public Administrator's office and developing workflow systems to more effectively manage the process. I will also use my negotiation skills to improve the office's budget situation to ensure that operations are adequately funded to accomplish the Public Administrator's mission. In addition, I plan to establish a program to reach out to the public to facilitate proper estate planning by individuals, with the objective of ensuring that estates are handled in accordance with each person's wishes.  If I am elected, I pledge to perform my duties as Public Administrator with the utmost integrity.

I recently met with our incumbent Clark County Public Administrator, Mr. John Cahill, who very kindly took 2-1/2 hours out of his busy schedule to meet with me to discuss the challenges and current state of affairs of the office.  Mr. Cahill introduced me to his staff, gave me a personal tour of the facilities, and devoted a good deal of time to explaining how operations function.

Following this meeting, I am convinced now more than ever that I am the best candidate to succeed Mr. Cahill as Public Administrator.  It became clear to me that the biggest challenge for the office will be to successfully negotiate with the powers that be in Clark County to devote sufficient resources to the Public Administrator so that the office can accomplish its mission.  Mr. Cahill told me that he currently has 1,042 active cases pending, which represents an ever-increasing caseload while Clark County has been reducing budgetary support for the office.  It will be critical to elect a person as Public Administrator who has the business experience to successfully negotiate with the County to increase available resources to provide for adequate staffing, and to provide technology-based solutions to improve operational efficiencies in managing files and documents.

In order for the Public Administrator's office to succeed in its mission to serve the citizens of Clark County, it can no longer be "politics as usual".  I am the right candidate with the right experience at the right time to turn this office around so that it can accomplish its mission and effectively serve the community.  Please vote for experience and integrity -- vote for Thomas Fougere for Clark County Public Administrator!

* Please visit my Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/thomas.fougere.180

* Please view my Candidate Profile and video in the Las Vegas Review Journal's Voter Guide here:

https://www.reviewjournal.com/voter-guide-2018/?candidate=thomas-l-fougere--446#/candidate/thomas-l-fougere--446

PS: Sorry if I don't have a flashy website -- I coded and uploaded all of this content myself.  I plan to bring the same sort of philosophy to keeping taxpayers' costs down if I am elected.

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Did you know?

There are numerous resources available in Clark County for people seeking assistance in planning their estates.  Many of these resources are free services available to the public, and can help you in passing your estates along to your loved ones according to your wishes.  They can also help you avoid costly and time-consuming probate proceedings.

Here are some links to sites that you might wish to visit to help you in your research:

Southern Nevada Senior Law Program

Nevada Attorney General's Office of Military Legal Assistance

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Family Law Self Help Center

Here is a useful article from AARP regarding cost-effective wills:

https://www.aarp.org/money/estate-planning/info-03-2011/cost-effective-wills.html

 

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