I am a native Nevadan, mom, lawyer and former state official. In 2007, I began my career as a Deputy in the Attorney General’s office under Catherine Cortez Masto. I served as legal counsel to the Department of Taxation from 2008-2012. I was a deputy at the Department from 2012 and was Executive Director, appointed by Gov. Sandoval, from November 2014-February 2018.
I led the Department in implementing the Commerce Tax on business which has added $341 million to education funding and most recently was responsible for implementing Ballot Question 2 including licensing and regulating the state’s marijuana businesses.
I have a degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a JD from the Boyd School of Law at UNLV. I have one son, Will, who attends the Davidson Academy located on the UNR campus.
I believe that healthcare should be treated as a right, and not as a privilege or a product. During Nevada’s 2017 legislative session, Nevada Democrats introduced and passed legislation to create the nation’s first state level Medicaid buy-in health care program. This program which eventually became known as “Sprinklecare” after its sponsor, Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, was vetoed by the Governor. We need to keep working to make sure that all Nevadans have the security and protection that comes with access to affordable, quality healthcare.
As a mom, and the first in my family to go to college, I know that if our kids are going to be thoughtful members of society and compete for the jobs of the future, they need a world-class education - from preschool all the way through college or trade school of their choice. We need to find long term solutions that increase investments in education programs and facilities and retain the best teachers. Guaranteeing our students a high-quality education is the best way to ensure that Nevada will prosper for generations to come.
We must protect our natural environment and keep our public lands in public hands. Allowing our public lands to be turned over to the highest bidder would leave our heritage open to careless and irreversible exploitation. Outdoor recreation in Nevada accounts for billions in consumer spending, millions in state and local tax revenue, and thousands of good-paying jobs for local Nevadans. Accessing preserved environments is also important to our mental and physical health - they must be preserved for the benefit of all.
People should not have to choose between having a place to live and paying for medicine or food. I support Senator Julia Ratti’s efforts on the Legislature’s interim committee to explore alternative avenues for financing affordable housing. We need to do a better job to leverage funding sources to encourage affordable housing development, especially in communities like AD 24 where hardworking families struggle to afford a place to live.
No kid should have to wear a bullet proof vest to go to school or walk down
our neighborhood streets. I support mandatory background checks and the closing of other egregious loopholes to strengthen the laws already on the books to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill. I also support waiting periods for all gun purchases and the banning of automatic military type guns.
Hard work should be rewarded and no one who works more than 40 hours a week should live in poverty. We need to create a Nevada that works for everyone and that’s why I will fight for equal pay for equal work, increasing the minimum wage, and champion policies to support paid family leave for our hard working families.