— by William McCurdy II, Chair—Nevada State Democratic Party
I wanted to let all of you know that we’ve locked in a date and location for the DNC’s Nevada stop for the “Come Together and Fight Back Tour.” I’m thrilled that Senator Bernie Sanders, Tom Perez and Cecile Richards are all coming to Las Vegas next weekend to share their vision for coming together and fighting back. I hope you can make it, and please encourage your friends in the Democratic Party to attend this event if they can.
I firmly believe that a united and more progressive Democratic Party fueled by grassroots activism will lead us to victory again here in 2018. From knocking Dean Heller out of the U.S. Senate to reclaiming our Governor’s mansion, Nevada will play a critical role in sending a message to Washington that the GOP’s priorities are wrong for working families.
Here are the details:
What: Come Together and Fight Back Tour — Las Vegas
Who: Senator Bernie Sanders, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards
When: Saturday, April 22 at 11:30 a.m.
Doors open: 10 a.m.
Where: Cox Pavilion, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154
Rep. Cheri Bustos delivering the message from House Democrats regarding the GOP’s American Health Care Act, the AHCA, which should more aptly be titled the “BBBA,” the Big Breaks for Billionaires Act. They hear us and they’re ready to stand up for the values that unite us and fight to get real results for hardworking families.
Elections were also held Saturday, 3/4/2017 for NSDP officers. Elected were:
Chair: William McCurdy II
First Vice Chair: Marty McGarry (Carson City)
Second Vice Chair: Jose Solorio
Secretary: Marla Turner (re-elected)
Treasurer: Jan Churchill (re-elected)
Chair William McCurdy II said: “This is a new chapter for our party and for all Nevadans. I’m grateful to everyone who stepped up to run in these officer elections, and I want every member of this party to know they will have a seat at the table and their voice will be heard. Our mission now is to come together around our common goals as progressives and start organizing and registering voters in our communities in every corner of Nevada. We have so much to accomplish together as a united Democratic Party in 2018 – kicking Dean Heller out of the Senate, sending Ruben Kihuen, Jacky Rosen and Dina Titus back to fight for us in Congress, electing a Democratic governor and reclaiming our statewide constitutional offices, and expanding our majorities in the State Senate and Assembly. I look forward to working with Democrats across Nevada to deliver on these priorities.”
William McCurdy is a Las Vegas native who represents District 6 in the Nevada Assembly. After dropping out of high school as a teenage father, McCurdy became a construction foreman and went back to school to get his high school diploma at 24 years old. He is the former student body president of the College of Southern Nevada and now a union organizer with SEIU Local 1107. McCurdy is the Nevada State Democratic Party’s first African American Chair in history and the youngest Chair in modern party history at 28 years old. The first bill he presented as an Assemblyman was to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Outgoing Chair Roberta Lange said: “While it will be bittersweet for me to leave this role leading our incredible state party after six years, I’m honored that William McCurdy II is taking the reins. As CSN student body president, as an SEIU organizer and already as a new Assemblyman, he has proven himself to be a progressive fighter for students and working families. I can’t wait to see him bring that fiery passion to this role in holding Republicans accountable up and down the ticket. I am as optimistic as ever about the future of our state and our Democratic Party as we begin gearing up for the 2018 election cycle.”
In addition to electing a new Chair, Nevada Democrats elected Marty McGarry as First Vice Chair and Jose Solorio as Second Vice Chair. The SCC also re-elected Marla Turner as Secretary and Jan Churchill as Treasurer.
Candidate filing for officer elections including Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer is now closed. The deadline for filing was 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Here the slate of candidates in the running:
Nomination forms may be found on our website under the “State Central Committee” tab. Elections will be held at the central committee meeting on March 4, 2017 in Las Vegas. Current central committee members in good standing are eligible to vote
Emerge Nevada, the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for political office, announced today that it has selected its 2017 class. This year’s group of future women political leaders was limited to women who intend to run for office within the next three years. Many have never been involved in grassroots politics before, which is owed to new and historic interest after the 2016 election. The women hail from both the north and southern parts of Nevada, come from diverse backgrounds, spanning the spectrum of races, sexual orientation, socioeconomic levels and professional experiences.
“Emerge Nevada is thrilled to welcome our class of 2017,” said Marla Turner, President of Emerge Nevada. “Our organization selected exceptional applicants, who will seize on political opportunities once they are given the tools necessary to run an effective campaign. Given the results of the November election and the need for Democrats to regain power they’ve lost over the last few cycles, these women’s voices are needed in our government now more than ever.”
Emerge Nevada’s training program offers Democratic women who want to run for public office a unique opportunity. Women who are accepted receive 90 hours of in-depth education over six months that inspires them to run for office and gives them the tools to win. The program’s trainers are comprised of an elite team of campaign consultants, advisors and staff from all over the country, who have been involved in some of the most successful campaigns and initiatives seen in recent election cycles.
Participants learn from these experts and develop practical knowledge in areas such as public speaking, fundraising, campaign strategy, voter contact, media and messaging and others. Candidates also meet an array of dynamic women who hold elected and appointed office and become a part of a supportive network, which includes a national association of Emerge alumnae, the Emerge board and advisory council members.
“I’m excited to be a part of Emerge Nevada’s 2017 class and am looking forward to learning how I can use my skills and experience to chart a path to a successful career in politics,” said Alison Brasier. “While Nevada is doing better than most states, our government in general doesn’t have nearly enough women serving in it. I hope my classmates and I will go on to become Nevada’s next generation of female political leaders.”
Emerge Nevada has a proven track record for getting Democratic women elected. Since the organization launched in 2007, the program has equipped more than 150 women with the skills needed to bring change to their communities. More than 65% of the alumnae have gone on to run for political office or been appointed to local boards or commissions, and of those who have gone on to run for an elected position, 89% have won. Emerge Nevada’s commitment to diversity also means that the women selected for the program come from a multitude of different backgrounds and all walks of life.
“The results of the 2016 election were certainly a wakeup call for me,” said Tacy Geesaman. “The morning after, I decided that I wasn’t going to wait for other people to make my community, state and country a better place. It was time for me to step up myself.”
Criteria for selection into the class included, evidence of political leadership experience or potential; meaningful involvement in workplace or community; interest in pursuing political office; demonstrated ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal; ability and desire to build effective networks; ability to articulate a personal political vision; demonstrated ability to inspire others; and commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings. Applicants had to be registered Democrats. Women of all ages, races, nationalities, marital status, religious affiliations, sexual orientations and physical abilities were encouraged to apply.