I don’t have the background of a typical politician, but I have personally experienced the impact an investment in people can have on their future. It is what motivates me to give back to our community and what inspired me to run for office.
I grew up in a challenging environment, and like too many kids in Nevada, I fell through the cracks. I dropped out of high school, but through hard work and the investment of people who cared for and believed in me, I got my GED, enrolled at the Community College of Southern Nevada Cheyenne Campus, and earned my bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California as a transfer student. I went on to earn my law degree at the UNLV Boyd School of Law and was recognized with multiple awards for my work and accomplishments in the community.
I ran for office to represent our community, serving as State Assemblywoman for four years in Assembly District 28, which was mostly located in Congressional District 4. In office, I successfully passed improvements to the way young people are tested by our high schools, protected consumers from predatory practices, and shielded victims of domestic violence from abusers.
In Congress, I will focus on investing in our workforce and our future. I will fight, as I always have, for an increase in the minimum wage and to hold down health care costs. I will fight for small businesses and fight to bring good paying jobs with benefits to Nevada. I know that the jobs of the future require strong schools for our children and access to affordable debt-free college education. I will honor our service members and veterans by making sure they are taken care of abroad and at home. And I will protect Social Security and Medicare against Republican attacks to undermine them and work to expand coverage and benefits. I will also fight for women’s health, reproductive justice and economic empowerment.
Nevadans embody the western tradition of hard work and fair play, and I will work every day to level the playing field for our children, families, and workers, ensuring everyone who desires has the opportunity to achieve their version of the American Dream.