Our children deserve a first-class education. As an educator, I know what needs to be done to change the direction of education in our state. I believe in strong public schools where all students are respected and encouraged to reach their full potential. In the 2021, the legislature took major steps towards this vision by passing bills such as:
- SB 458 – The largest education budget in state history, with $500 million in new dollars for Nevada schools.
- SB 450 – Which extends school bonding capacity so school districts can build new buildings and renovate existing ones
- AB 495 – Provides almost $200 Million in new revenue and $200 Million in federal aid to fund K-12 education at record levels
While these efforts will go along away towards improving education in Nevada, we cannot stop there. I am committed to doing everything I can to secure more funding for our schools, increasing teacher pay, and reducing class sizes.
Northern Nevadans are all too familiar with the effects of a changing climate. Each year we are seeing the worsening impact of drought and wildfires on our air, water, and health. Nevada is uniquely positioned to become leaders in green technology. We cannot waste any time in taking bold steps to mitigate the effects of climate change by shifting towards sustainable energy policies that meet 21st century demands. During the last legislative session, I proudly worked towards this vision by:
- Voting to recognize Nevadans’ right to clean drinking water and ensure protection of our water from pollution.
- Voting for the Clean Energy for All bill to speed our transition to solar, wind, and other renewable energy and ensure we achieve our climate goals.
- Supporting expansion of our electric vehicle charging infrastructure to ensure we meet Governor Sisolak’s clean car standards.
If reelected, I will work to continue to make Nevada a Clean Energy leader by bringing good paying jobs to Nevada while mitigating the worst consequences of climate change.
Nevada ranks near the bottom when it comes to access to healthcare, and there are glaring disparities. In the 21st century, that is simply unacceptable.
I will work to lower the cost of prescription drugs and make access to affordable healthcare a priority. Additionally, we must address the mental health crisis by removing the stigma and ensuring that we expand access to mental health care – especially for our at-risk youth. We must also ensure that Medicare reimbursement rates cover costs associated with our most vulnerable population.
I voted in my first election in 1990, which happens to be the same election that Nevada voters overwhelmingly affirmed Question 7 – granting the right to an abortion in this state. I was proud to cast my first vote in favor of choice, and I commit to strengthening that right where necessary, and resisting any effort to strip it away – no exceptions.
I was also proud to have voted for SJR 8, which sends the Equal Rights Amendment to a vote of the people to codify it in the Nevada Constitution. This will appear as Question 1 on the 2022 ballot.
For many Nevadans, housing is becoming harder to afford. The cost of buying a house or renting an apartment has skyrocketed in the past few years. This disproportionately affects low-income and minority groups in Nevada.
I believe that decent, affordable housing is a basic right for everybody and brings stability, economic diversity, and overall improves the physical quality of our communities.
I commit to supporting policies like the Home Means Nevada initiative that enable the production and maintenance of affordable housing units, as well as advocating for policies that protect and maintain the value of our existing neighborhoods – allowing our communities to thrive.