In 1996, the Las Vegas Bugle established a committee of community leaders, known as Nevada Impact, to offer guidance during each election. The selection has been published and promoted over the years by the Bugle, its successor publication, QVegas, the Las Vegas Night Beat, the Las Vegas Spectrum and QVegas.
This year’s endorsement list is mostly being distributed online. It will be available in print at Get Booked, The Center and select locations. Links to Nevada Impact’s guide will be sent via thousands of emails (please share!) and the website address will be advertised.
Technically, Nevada Impact is non-partisan but due to the issues we care about (racial, sexual and gender equality; women’s right of choice, access to voting, comprehensive immigration reform), we find it is rare we’ll ever endorse a Republican candidate. Please remember that most races won’t be on your ballot, as your ballot will only show the candidates for the political party you’re registered for and only the candidates for your specific voting address. Many races are non-partisan, so those will show up on all ballots, whether Republican, Democrat or those who are not registered with a party affiliation.
Generally, if an incumbent is doing a great job and is challenged by someone within their party, we’ll support the incumbent. If asked, we would likely urge the challenger to pick a different race where their talent could be better utilized.
If you don’t see a race listed on your ballot, either there isn’t a primary or it’s not in your area.
The races may not be in the same order as your ballot (although we’ve tried). It includes most city, township, county, and state offices. If you’re from a rural area, many of your advisory boards and constables are listed at the end.
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A reminder about rights. It appears that women may lose the right of choice over their own bodies, if the US Supreme Court rules as the leaked draft indicates it will. Using the same “logic” that the Supreme Court is threatening to use against women, could also be used to take away same-gender marriage and many of the LGBTQ protections we’ve gained over the past years.
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Spectrum LGBTQ+ | Progressive endorsements
CANDIDATES WHO DESERVE YOUR VOTE
Cortez Masto, Catherine (Dem)
Nice to have people in the Senate who understand the rule of law. She is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ equality.
Brown, Sam (Rep)
If you’re registered Republican, this is the best of the bad.
Laxalt, Adam Paul (Rep)
The likely Republican nominee but his record on LGBTQ issues, women’s rights and anything possibly progressive, is pathetic. Even the Republicans are wary of this guy.
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 1
Titus, Dina, (Dem)
A lifetime record on our rights and best of all, she’s our friend in Washington.
Vilela, Amy (Dem)
We like her but wish she had picked another race. The incumbent (Dina Titus) is our staunch ally.
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 2
Krause, Elizabeth Mercedes (Dem)
An educator, a Native American, a member of the Nevada Minority Affairs Commission, believes in depoliticizing immigration, fights for a living wage, a proud union member and believes in reproductive freedom. Mercedes would make an excellent Member of Congress.
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 4
Horsford, Steven A. (Dem)
There is no primary on the Democratic side but we absolutely must hold onto a D majority in the House. We need everyone to fight to get Steven Horsford re-elected. A champion on our issues.
Sisolak, Steve (Dem)
He says he is now a progressive, so we look forward to working with him on our issues. Overall, he’s done a good job and we absolutely must help the Dems retain the governorship. It’s important for the survival of democracy.
Lombardo, Joe (Rep)
He’s been fair to LGBTQ employees in the CC Sheriff’s office, but we don’t trust him on immigration and other progressive issues. He’s clawing his way to the bottom just to get the tRump endorsement.
Cole, Kimi (Dem)
If elected, she would be the first trans woman elected to statewide office. Credited with creating the LGBTQ rural NV Democratic Caucus, where she serves as chair. This is a double endorsement, you decide.
March, Debra (Dem)
She has served the Henderson community as councilwoman and mayor. She’s a hard fighter. This is a double endorsement, you decide.
SECRETARY OF STATE
Aguilar Francisco “Cisco” (Dem)
No primary, only one Democrat and this is an important office to keep integrity in our elections.
Hansen, Janine (IAP)
Not in the primary but this woman has been a plague on the LGBTQ community all her life.
Haw, Jesse (Rep)
The leading contender to fix all the imagined conspiracies. Wait until the general and vote for Cisco Aquilar
COURT OF APPEALS, DEPT. 1
Westbrook, Deborah (Nonpartisan)
Experienced in both criminal and civil matters. Served for years as a public defender. She helped revise the rules of Appellate Procedure for Nevada. This is our choice.
Forsberg, Rhonda K (Nonpartisan)
Both candidates would be a stellar replacement for Jerry Tao. Rhonda has a family law background and currently serves as a judge in the 8th Judicial District Court.
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 20
Foutz, Brent (Dem)
Not a lot of info on Foutz but he’s needed to caucus with the Dems, just to help keep the majority.
Stone, Jeff (Rep)
No primary but Stone wants to save NV from the “radical left,” so that probably means he’s bat-sh*t crazy.
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 4
Burns, Darby Lee, (Lib)
He’s all about “decentralizing” so we assume he would disband the legislature, given the chance.
McArthur, Richard (Rep)
This isn’t an endorsement, but he seems like the best choice even though he’s not good on our issues.
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 13
Andrews, Daniel (Dem)
Another great choice. CCSD teacher for young felons in the NV prison system, argues for fair-share taxes from mining and casinos, supports better transition of incarcerated returning to society which should reduce recidivism, pushes alternative energy and is pro-choice. Dual endorsement, you choose.
Rucker, Will (Dem)
We like this guy. Dual endorsement, you choose.
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 16
Short, Chuck (Dem)
Retired county employee with strong support.
González, Cecelia (Dem)
We usually support the incumbent but she’s not a real standout. We’re going with Chuck Short.
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 19
Yurek, Thaddeus “Toby (Rep)
Joined Henderson Police after graduating college with a degree in church growth. Obtained his Masters in criminal justice, followed by a law degree from UNLV Boyd School of Law. Co-counsel for IPOF (police union), has served as Judge Pro Tempore for Henderson Municipal Court. Talks about “national trend to defund police,” wants to undo reforms by majority party and reclaim the governor’s emergency powers and “return rightful power to Nevada’s people.” Most police groups have endorsed. Some of these items are negatives but he’s better than the other Republicans. No Dems running in this race.
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 28
Rivera, Cindi L, (Dem)
Educator, mother, first generation Latina. UCSB BA in Law & Society, with BA in Spanish. Master’s in counseling from U of Arkansas, master’s in Education from UNLV, is Vice-Principal at an elementary school. Issues are education, fair wages (including family leave and sick day policies) and affordable housing.
D’Silva, Reuben, (Dem)
Some good points, mentions LGBTQ positively, but moved to run in this race, has changed parties in past.
Diaz, J. Ken, (Dem)
Experienced and trustworthy. Currently is #2 in command at this office. We’ve known and liked him for years.
Child, Kevin L (Rep)
Can’t be trusted with candy around children or with the County finances.
Reid, Rita Pate (Dem)
This is an office where the wrong person literally has a license to steal. Reid is the best choice. (And yes, we admit we chose poorly in the primary and this is an update. The incumbent went “Bob Beers” on us and apparently murdered Jeff German, a reporter for the Las Vegas Sun.)
CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The committee was unable to come to a consensus on these three races and therefore there are no endorsements.
CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF
This is a non-partisan position. When Tom Roberts was in the legislature, he did support some LGBTQ legislation and he’s an anti-tRump Republican. We think he’s the best fit for the job.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE LAS VEGAS TWNSH DEPARTMENT 6
Massey, Augusta, (Nonpartisan)
All day, every day! Augusta Massey has our vote and will bring further diversity to the bench!
Gonzalez, Bill (Nonpartisan)
No, NO, NO!
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE LAS VEGAS TWNSH DEPARTMENT 7
Berkley, Max, (Nonpartisan)
All day, every day! Worked in the Clark County Public Defender’s Office. He will be great on the bench and sympathetic to those with financial issues and poverty matters. His mom was our favorite Congresswoman!
Wilson, Amy, (Nonpartisan)
Former LDS with emphasis on “former.” Represented kids in foster care, pro-bono. We like her but we’re going with Max Berkley.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE LAS VEGAS TWNSH DEPARTMENT 9
Bonaventure, Joe, (Nonpartisan)
Incumbent, fair and even on his rulings. (Don’t confuse him with the disgraced John Bonaventura.)
Chio, Danielle “Pieper, (Nonpartisan)
She’s a great person, we like her but the incumbent has done a good job, so we’ll stick with Joe Banaventure.
LAS VEGAS MUNICIPAL JUDGE, DEPT. 6
Both candidates seem good, but Angela Dows has been a defense attorney and judge pro tempore so she has experience and knows how to look out for defendants.
Sounds good but works in the City Prosecutor’s office. We generally prefer defense or public defender credentials for elected judges.
NORTH LAS VEGAS MAYOR
State Senator, knows how to fight, understands our issues (she’s one of us), thoughtful but doesn’t delay. This City Council needs a leader and she’s the one for the job. Passed the bill to add transgender as a protected class. She also fought for legislation to upgrade discharges for LGBTQ service members. She helped change the game for LGBTQ foster parents and helped ban conversion therapy.
NORTH LAS VEGAS MUNCIPAL COURT DEPT. 1
Has defended some people we don’t like. Everyone is entitled to a defense and someone has to do it. Jonathan is the best choice for this position.
NORTH LAS VEGAS MUNCIPAL COURT DEPT. 1
Defense attorney and former City of Las Vegas prosecutor. Fully qualified. His opponent in this race sent out what can only be described as a racially motivated, “dog-whistle” mailer and lost any support we might have given him.
BOULDER CITY MAYOR
Incumbent and he cleaned up lots of messes the former administrations left behind. Has not been brought up on any ethics violations, which is more than you can say for the former officials.
Egan, Lola, (Nonpartisan)
Where do these endorsements come from??
Since the mid-1996 a group of progressive and civic-minded individuals, has gathered to endorse candidates for various offices up for election. This endeavor started at the Las Vegas Bugle, followed by the Las Vegas Night Beat and now continues with this publication, the Las Vegas Spectrum.
Each registered voter should receive a ballot in the mail. Ballots will be mailed out to active registered voters. If in doubt, if not registered or if you have changed your address since you last voted or just want to verify that you’re registered, the easiest way is to follow the instructions at http://vote.org
Voters can also go directly to the Clark County (NV) Election Department by visiting https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/election/services/Pages/VoterRegistration.aspx
Links to these pages will also be online at LasVegasSpectrum.com and at QVegas.com
Why we do this:
This list of endorsements is published to help the LGBTQIA+ and Progressive community be better informed about candidates. Our panel considers not only the best interest of the LGBTQIA+ community but also the world in which we live. We believe in LGBTQIA+ equality, women’s rights, a living wage, affordable education and healthcare. In a word, we are progressive.
We have considered and made recommendations for nearly every race in Southern Nevada, with the exception of a few rural areas.
While we hope you will do your own research, we also understand elections are complex and confusing at times. There are nearly 60 judicial races alone. We hope our suggestions are helpful.
We urge you to vote in every race and remind you that legislators (Assembly and Senate) will affect all elections at every level. The Nevada Legislature makes statewide decisions, including redistricting. If we elect the wrong legislators, we end up with gerrymandering which unfairly allows a minority to make decisions for the majority.
A personal note from Rob Schlegel: I edit this list. The decisions and most of the comments are made by our committee. While I stand by the committee’s decisions, these endorsements are made by people I trust but individuals who are far more knowledgeable than I’ll ever be. I thank them for their tireless work
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