— 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
Elections were held Saturday, 3/4/2017 for NVRDC officers. Elected were:
- Chair – Alex Goff (Lyon County)
- 1st Vice Chair – Sharon Hedges-Hiller (Churchill County)
- 2nd Vice Chair – Cedric Williams (Carson City)
- Secretary – Katherine Winans (Douglas County)
- Treasurer – Catherine Byrne, (Carson City)
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:
- Matthew Buehler
- Owen Carver
- Kimi Cole
- Erin Bilbray-Kohn
- William McCurdy
- Jeffry Collins
- Michael Mares
- Andrew Martin
- Marty McGarry
- Leslie Sexton
- Marco Henry
- Sam Lieberman
- Adam Shepherd
- Tacy Geesaman
- Marla Turner
- Jan Churchill
- Kristal Glass
- Patrick Patin
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