I’m not a politician, I’m your neighbor. I want an opportunity to bring the love that I have for this community, the collaborative skills that I've learned as a union leader, and the determination that I developed through community activism to the Nevada State Assembly.
My top-line issue is Access to Opportunity. Before COVID-19, there were portions of Assembly District 6 that, for years, have experienced sustained rates of 15% unemployment. I believe that addressing the disparities of access to quality education, quality healthcare and equal treatment from the criminal justice system will create a foundation for opportunity in our community and across the State of Nevada.
Education: Education is the core element for opportunity and prosperity. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that access to work may very well look different for many in the future. For our citizens to have the opportunity to participate in this new and evolving economy, they must have a quality basic education and a pathway to post-secondary education, technical and/or skilled trades training programs.
Health care: Approximately 28 percent of the residents of Assembly District 6 are uninsured; that’s about 16,800 people, 20% of whom are children and seniors. This number does not include those who are under insured. Access to affordable healthcare is critical for the residents of Assembly District 6.
Criminal Justice Reform: Over 70 percent of the residents of Assembly District 6 are Black or Latino. In a state where the Black population is eight percent overall, the incarceration rate is 29 percent. Nevada's Latino population is 27 percent and the incarceration rate is 23 percent. We must find alternatives to the criminalization of minor school rule and civil infractions. Black, Brown and poor folks suffer the most from these policies. The option as to whether we, our children or our neighbors can participate in the new and evolving economy, depends upon how we address this issue.