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Where do these endorsements come from??

Since 1994 a group of progressive and civic-minded individuals with intense interest in Southern Nevada politics, gathers to endorse candidates for various offices up for election. This endeavor started at the Las Vegas Bugle and now continues in the print publication, the Las Vegas Night Beat. Our committee makes them available online at NevadaImpact.com.  Below are voting dates, locations and deadlines. KEY WORDS are linked to various websites, including Clark County Election Department and the Nevada Secretary of State. If you need additional information, click on those words for additional details.

When to Vote:

Click on highlighted text to follow links for details — This year for the General Election, EARLY VOTING begins Saturday, Oct. 20 and runs through Friday, Nov. 2 with REGULAR VOTING taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where to Vote:

There are 96 convenient EARLY VOTING SITES, including the Boulevard Mall, Galleria at Sunset and Meadows Mall. The link in the previous sentence has a complete list, including neighborhood sites and the specific location of the voting sites within large shopping centers.

Deadlines:

There are DEADLINES & EXTENDED DEADLINES: The close of Standard Registration is October 9, 2018 at 9 p.m. There are extensions and exceptions. From Oct. 10-16, you can register in person at the Election Department offices or on the Nevada Secretary of State Website.

Why We Do This:

This list of endorsements is published to help the LGBTQ and Progressive community be better informed about candidates and to impact the outcome of the election. Our panel considers not only the best interest of the LGBTQ community but also the world in which we live. We believe in LGBTQ equality, women’s rights, a living wage and 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. We have also made recommendations on all ballot questions. While we hope your will do your own research, we also understand elections are complex and confusing at times. 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. Likewise, the Secretary of State and Attorney General races can impact your voting rights and your legal rights for decades to come.

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Candidates Who Deserve Your Vote

We try to endorse both a Republican and a Democrat in the primary races but in the general we pick the candidate and party that will best represent our values. In most cases, that is the Democrat because most align with our values on equality, women’s issues, education, healthcare and common sense gun reform. In some races, neither candidate is good, so we may pick the “lesser of two evils” or sometimes no candidate. Please see our comments and consider our opinion before you make your choice.

You are welcome to take our list into the polling booth. Remember, this site will always have the endorsements, usually before early voting, so check back before every election.

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UNITED STATES SENATE
No – Heller, Dean – Republican
He did support the repeal of NV’s “sodomy” law (SB 466) in 1993 but hasn’t done much right since.

►  Rosen, Jacky – Democratic
With Jacky Rosen, we know she’ll have Nevada’s best interests at heart. The incumbent — a pre-existing condition — voted to take health care away from hundreds of thousands of Nevadans and is fine with women paying more for their insurance. It is essential that Dems get the majority in Congress (both Senate and House) before our country is bankrupt like certain gaudy New Jersey casinos.

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 1
No – Bentley, Joyce – Republican

►  Titus, Dina – Democratic
A straight shooting stalwart supporter of ours, no matter what. She walks her talk. We love Congresswoman Dina Titus.

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 3
► Lee, Susie – Democratic
She understands education and knows what needs to be done in Congress once the Dems get the majority. She has an amazing story about helping low-income students. Once you hear what she’s done, you’ll really appreciate this woman. A true philanthropist who really cares about families, women and kids. A fierce champion for Nevada students and working families.

No – Tarkanian, Danny – Republican
This guy has a trail of unpaid judicial judgements and questionable integrity. He is in line with wacky, conservative politics of the right wing. The only positive thing he has going for him is his family’s name recognition, so don’t take him for granted.

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 4
No – Hardy, Cresent – Republican
During a recent candidate forum, Hardy  suggested “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT)  should be reinstated. Unbelievable! This guy filed for bankruptcies and failed to pay more than $5 million in taxes and loans for his personal businesses.

► Horsford, Steven A. – Democratic
In contrast, Steven has consistently supported LGBTQ equality, understands the nation’s issues and will be a real asset for Nevada in Congress. The Dems must be in control of Congress (both houses) in order to provide a check on Putin and his orange-haired puppet.

GOVERNOR
No – Laxalt, Adam Paul – Republican
If you would like to go back to the Inquisition, vote for Laxalt. He includes his middle name, Paul, to draw attention to his highly regarded and recently deceased grandfather – a Nevada governor and U.S. Senator.  Even the current Republican Governor, Brian Sandoval, can barely support this malicious and hateful man replacing him.  Many members of the extended Laxalt family have vocally claimed to oppose his candidacy.

► Sisolak, Steve – Democratic
Clearly the only choice for moving the state forward. He has our support.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
► Marshall, Kate – Democratic
As state Treasurer for 8 years, Marshall instituted significant safeguards and improvements in the Treasurer’s office.

No – Roberson, Michael – Republican
Proven to be petty, vicious and vindictive while a state senator, he is hated by most members of his own senate caucus. There is no place in public office for anyone like Roberson.

Uehling, Ed – No Political Party

SECRETARY OF STATE
► Araujo, Nelson – Democratic
Extremely smart and decent guy who knows our issues first hand. Vitally important office to protect our right to vote and make voting more inclusive. Will end attempts at voter disenfranchisement.

No – Cegavske, Barbara K. – Republican
Unlike most other secretaries of state, who refused to turn over state-held information from voter records (including names, addresses, dates of birth and voting histories), Cegavske submitted Nevada’s voter files to Trump’s election integrity commission.  Cegavske also failed to protect her agency’s website from hackers, thus leaving Nevadans open to being defrauded and/or scammed.

STATE TREASURER
No – Beers, Bob – Republican

► Conine, Zach – Democratic

STATE CONTROLLER
► Byrne, Catherine – Democratic
She’s a CPA and has the skill set required to perform this very important function.

No –   Knecht, Ron – Republican
A candidate more interested in meddling in non-Controller activities than preforming his constitutionally required duties.

ATTORNEY GENERAL
No – Duncan, Wes – Republican
In his one session in the state assembly, he voted against our bills.

► Ford, Aaron – Democratic
He knows the law and is a great guy, smart and will do well for Nevada. As both Senate Minority and Majority Leader, Ford has led the fight against extreme policies and proved his mettle. Excellent on our issues.

STATE SENATE 

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 2
No – Border, Calvin “Cal” – Republican

► Denis, Mo – Democratic
Great on education. Will continue to be good on our issues.

 STATE SENATE DISTRICT 8
► Loop, Marilyn Dondero – Democratic
She served three terms in the state assembly and was a highly effective legislator. Let’s elevate her to the Senate.

No – Weber, Valerie – Republican

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 9
No – Jones, Tiffany – Republican

► Scheible, Melanie – Democratic
An important seat to gain a veto-proof majority.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 10
Cancela, Yvanna – Democratic
Awesome woman who won her primary and is elected. Won’t be on the ballot.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 12
No – Hardy, Joe – Republican

► Jordahl, Craig – Democratic

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 20
► Pazina, Julie – Democratic
One of the nicest women you’ll ever meet. Knows the issues and willing to work very hard. Progressive.

No – Pickard, Keith – Republican

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 21
No – McGinnis, Ron – Republican

► Ohrenschall, James – Democratic
Great on LGBTQ issues.

 STATE ASSEMBLY 

 STATE  ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 1
Monroe-Moreno, Daniele – Democratic
She who won her primary and is elected. Won’t be on the ballot.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 2
No – Hambrick, John C. – Republican

► Sherwood, Jennie – Democratic
She has a real shot for winning this seat. Please get your neighbors to also support her! Tough but important race. Needs to win!

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 3
No – Sedlmeyer, Stephen G. – Republican

► Torres, Selena – Democratic
Another tough race but Selene Torres is up to the challenge. Get your neighbors to support her!

 STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 4
No – McArthur, Richard – Republican

► Munk, Connie – Democratic
The non-partisans and independents are even coming around for her. Will be good on our issues.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 5
No – Burke, Jason – Republican

► Miller, Brittney – Democratic
Awesome. She teaches school and is great on our issues.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 6
☺ McCurdy, II, William O’Neil – Democratic
Won his primary and is elected. Won’t be on the ballot.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 7
☺ Neal, Dina – Democratic
Awesome woman who won her primary and is elected. Won’t be on the ballot.

 STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 8
► Frierson, Jason – Democratic
A good solid guy. Great on our issues. He deserves our support.

No – Peetris, Tina M. – Republican

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 9
No – Cannon, Linda – Republican

► Yeager, Steve – Democratic
Great guy. Smart and excellent on our issues.

 STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 10
► Brooks, Chris – Democratic
Good energy. Great on progressive policy. Solid legislator.

No – Searles, Noel – Republican

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 11
► Diaz, Olivia – Democratic
Great on education. Will continue to be good on our issues.

No – Miceli, Gianna – Republican

 STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 12
No – Fletcher, Richard – Republican

► Martinez, Susan – Democratic
A hard worker, down to earth and will be good on our issues.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 13
► Roberts, Tom – Republican
A very decent guy and we’ll be happy with him.

No – Foster, Leonard – Independent  American
Warning: The “Independent American Party” or “IAP” is never “independent” and closer to fascism than constitutional government.

 STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 14
Carlton, Maggie – Democratic
Salt of the earth. Knows the issues, good on labor, good for us. Won her primary and is elected. Won’t be on ballot.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 15
No – Vaughan, Stan – Republican

► Watts, III, Howard – Democratic
Environmentalist, member of PLAN, a solid progressive and smart! Could be governor one day.

 STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 16
Swank, Heidi – Democratic
Won her primary and is elected. Won’t be on ballot.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 17
No – Little, Patricia “Pat” – Republican

► Thompson, Tyrone – Democratic
Highly qualified. All around great guy. Knows and is supportive on our issues.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 18
► Carrillo, Richard – Democratic
Good guy but needs some education on gun issues.

No – Sadler, Matt – Republican

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 19
Edwards, Chris – Republican
Won his primary and is elected. Won’t be on ballot.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 20
No – McDonald, Michael L. – Republican

► Spiegel, Ellen – Democratic
Has served four terms in the Assembly and has been a staunch supporter on our issues.

 STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 21
No – Arrington, Cherlyn – Republican

► Fumo, Ozzie – Democratic
Really nice guy, great on our issues and hopefully is working towards eliminating cash bail.

 STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 22
No – Hardy, Melissa – Republican

► Watson, Kristee – Democratic
Working hard and has a good shot. We like her. We need her!

 STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 23
Leavitt, Glen – Republican
Won his primary and is elected. Won’t be on ballot.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 28
☺ Flores, Edgar – Democratic
Won his primary and is elected. Won’t be on ballot.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 29
► Cohen, Lesley Elizabeth – Democratic
Great on progressive issues. – a loyal, reliable and hardworking supporter on our issues.

No – Silberkraus, Stephen H. – Republican

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 34
► Bilbray-Axelrod, Shannon – Democratic
Good on our issues. A natural fit for the legislature.

No – Wesen, Janice E. – Republican

STATE  ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 35
► Gorelow, Michelle – Democratic
A quality candidate. Will be good on our issues.

No – Schoen, David – Republican

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 36
No – Hof, Dennis – Republican
Another reality TV star but claims to be more honest about his sexworkers.

► Romanov, Lesia – Democratic
Phenomenal. She’s a school teacher and even the local (Pahrump) Republicans like her.

 STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 37
► Backus, Shea – Democratic
From the legal community. Hard working and will be good on our issues.

No – Marchant, Jim – Republican
Never supported us.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 41
► Jauregui, Sandra – Democratic
Will continue to be good on our issues.

No – Wade, Paris – Republican
Filthy rich, self-funded and big on guns.

STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 42
Assefa, Alexander – Democratic
Won his primary and is elected. Won’t be on ballot.

COUNTY RACES

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT E
No – Marsh, Trish – Republican
We wonder about her sanity, not to mention she’s been homophobic during a previous race but openly courts our vote.

► Segerblom, “Tick” – Democratic
Great on our issues during his 12-year tenure in the Legislature. The best choice for the county following the term-limited departure of Commissioner Chris G.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT F
No – Black, Tisha – Republican
Don’t trust this candidate. Pawn of big developers.

► Jones, Justin – Democratic
Supportive on our issues while serving in the State Senate. Likes the planet!

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT G
No endorsement in this race.
 Gibson, Jim – Democratic
Lake, Cindy – Republican

DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Wolfson, Steve – Democratic
Won his primary and is elected. Won’t be on ballot.

COUNTY ASSESSOR
► Johnson, Briana – Democratic
Highly qualified.

No –McClain, Gina – Republican

COUNTY CLERK
► Goya, Lynn Marie – Democratic
The lesser of two evils. Let’s get rid of this damn office and make it an appointed position. We don’t need it but we sure don’t need her opponent.

No – Lloyd, Minddie – Republican

COUNTY RECORDER
► Conway, Debbie – Democratic
Highly qualified.

No – MacFarlane, Jill – Republcan

COUNTY TREASURER
No – Collins, Phil – Republican

► Fitzpatrick, Laura – Democratic
Highly qualified.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR
No – Fougere, Thomas L – Republican

► Telles, Robert – Democratic
This office can be a “license to steal” from the vulnerable and deceased. We trust Telles.

CONSTABLE, BOULDER TOWNSHIP
Hampe, Steve – Republican
Won his primary and is elected. Won’t be on ballot.

CONSTABLE, HENDERSON TOWNSHIP
► Pitts, Joe – Democratic

No – Taylor, Kenny – Republican

CONSTABLE, LAUGHLIN TOWNSHIP
Ross, Jordan – Republican
Won his primary and is elected. Won’t be on ballot.

CONSTABLE, NORTH LAS  VEGAS TOWNSHIP
► Eliason, Robert L. – Democratic

No – Vega, Jimmy – Republican

JUSTICE OF SUPREME COURT SEAT C
► Cadish, Elissa – Nonpartisan Office
No – Tao, Jerry – Nonpartisan Office

No – None of the above

JUSTICE OF SUPREME COURT SEAT F
► Silver, Abbi – Nonpartisan Office

No – None of the above

 JUSTICE OF SUPREME COURT SEAT G
No – Harter, Mathew – Nonpartisan Office

► Stiglich, Lidia – Nonpartisan Office

No – None of the above

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPT. 18
► Bailus, Mark B. – Nonpartisan Office

No – Holthus, Mary Kay – Nonpartisan Office

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, DEPT. 29
Jones, David M. – Nonpartisan Office
Won his primary and is elected. Won’t be on ballot.

REGENT, STATE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT 1
► Cato, Jo – Nonpartisan Office
Minority business woman and passionate about higher education.

No – Perkins, Laura E. – Nonpartisan Office

REGENT, STATE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT 12
► Carvalho, Amy – Nonpartisan Office
Qualified and capable.

No – Coates, Andrew – Nonpartisan Office

 TRUSTEE, CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT D
► Cepeda, Irene – Nonpartisan Office
Well qualified and vote for her based on her merits, but she’s also NOT Kevin Child, the disgraced incumbent.

No – Child, Kevin L. – Nonpartisan Office

TRUSTEE, CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT F
No – Ford, Danielle – Nonpartisan Office

► Miller, Kali Fox– Nonpartisan Office
Attorney, CPA, well-spoken and humble.

TRUSTEE, CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT G
► Cavazos, Linda – Nonpartisan Office
She has proven her mettle. Consistently supported gender diversity.

No – Scalia, Ryan – Nonpartisan Office

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, BOULDER TOWNSHIP
No – Martin, Robert D. – Nonpartisan Office

► Miller, Victor Lee – Nonpartisan Office

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, LAS VEGAS TOWNSHIP DEPT. 1
► Graham, Elana Lee – Nonpartisan Office
The only choice in this election, despite what you may hear on opposing robo calls.

No – Leavitt, James Dean – Nonpartisan Office
This is an important office.  We need a fair and open-minded justice.  It’s doubtful we’ll get that from this candidate.

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QUESTIONS

 

Generally we believe amending the Nevada Constitution should be reserved for questions concerning our rights and liberties. Questions 1, 3, 4 and 6 amend the state Constitution and we only suggest an exception for #6 because it was approved by the legislature and vetoed by the governor in a previous session.

Question 1 (Marsy’s Law)
No. This clearly contradicts the US Constituion and already exists in law. As the LA Times wrote, “If the concern is protection of families from further victimization, as proponents claim, that goal can be met without granting families a new and inappropriate role in prosecutions.” We believe this is best addressed by the legislature.

Question 2 (The Pink Tax)
No. This would make additional exemptions to the state sales tax, which already has a narrow base.

Question 3 (Minimize Regulations and End Energy Monopolies)
No. Regulation of utilities should not be in the Constitution and if the whole thing blows up in our face, we’ll be stuck with it for at least five years (the minimum time needed to amend the Constitution). This may be a good program for those who buy their power by the megawatt but for the little guy, this will be full of problems.

Question 4 (Medical Equipment Sales Tax Exemption)
No. Our tax base is too narrow and this doesn’t belong in the Constitution. This is an exemption for SOME durable medical equipment — a windfall for some companies and not for others.

Question 5 (Voter Registration at DMV)
► Yes, automatic voter registration. Proven successful in 14 other states. Citizens can opt-out if they wish. There are efforts nationwide to curb voter participation which is proven to disproportionately and adversely affect Persons of Color and low income voters. This is a big step to have more representative elections.

Question 6 (Renewable Energy Standards)
► Yes, an increase in Renewable Energy Standards would give our state a minimum target of 50% renewable energy by 2030. While this is a Constitutional Amendment, the legislature has been unwilling to take us to the 50% level, so this is the only viable solution.

Election Department Link

Registration & Voting Information

Here are the links to the Clark County Voter Registrar’s Office and the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office. These sites will show you deadlines to register, both in person and online.

Clark Counter Election Department Website

Nevada Secretary of State Website

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