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Thank you for taking this opportunity to learn more about politics impacting the black community on a federal, state, or municipal level (including townships and wards).  Utilize resources available on The Urban Voice to learn more about black elected officials.

 

PROFILE: Belinda T. Harris, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Belinda T. is unafraid of initiating the difficult conversations that are necessary. She understands that what she may have to say and do could go against popular opinion, and certain decisions can be very hard to make. ... Read full article

INTEGRITY | LEADERSHIP | GRIT: Ricky Gourrier, Sr.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Ricky Gourrier took advantage of the chance to work as a paid intern in the Communications Department for Senator Harry Reid, who was the Senate Minority Leader at the time. ... Read full article

Monica Trujillo, Esq. - Candidate for District Court Department #3

by Naiomi Pitre on

Trujillo advises all attorneys who argue cases in court to be prepared. Understanding that the quality of people’s lives is on the line, and respecting the gravity of the decisions that she will make if elected, Monica Trujillo...... Read full article

Fikisha Miller, Esq. - Candidate for Clark County District Court, Dept. #19

by Naiomi Pitre on

As the upcoming 2020 election approaches, Fikisha Miller vows to demonstrate fair, equal, and true justice in her department. ... Read full article

Impartiality in Civil and Criminal Cases

by Tegan Christine Machnich, Esq. on

As a Chief Deputy Public Defender and experienced trial attorney, I am the best choice for judge in District Court, Department 15 - I am asking for your vote.... Read full article

Seeking to Represent District A: Anand Nair

by Naiomi Pitre on

As a proud United States Marine Corps veteran, Anand Nair learned many valuable life lessons, including the Latin term, “ductus exemplo”, meaning lead by example. ... Read full article

Equal Representation for All: Carli Kierny, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Carli Kierny explains “It exists in the justice system as higher rates of arrest for black people, higher rates of conviction, and longer criminal histories than their white counterparts.  I am committed to combating the effects of white privilege."... Read full article

Be Counted!

by U.S. Congressman Steven Horsford on

This year, I am working to ensure that every community is properly counted to receive the funding and representation they are owed as the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus 2020 Census Taskforce.... Read full article

PROFILE: Carli Kierny, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

"While there are certainly offenses that mandate incarceration, often we are using this as a default for people we just don’t know how to help,” Carli Kierny, Chief Deputy Public Defender for Clark County, explains her position on justice reform.... Read full article

The Judiciary: Part 1 of a 4-Part Series on Government in the State of Nevada

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The Judicial branch of the government is responsible for interpreting the law. While that sounds like a relatively simple task the justice system relies on a multi-leveled court system. ... Read full article

A Pathway to the American Dream

by Deval Patrick on

"Renewing the American Dream requires we deliver on our bold campaign proposals: an Opportunity Agenda to grow our economy, create better jobs, create wealth for more people in more places" - Deval Patrick... Read full article

PROFILE: Monica Trujillo, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Running for District Court judge in Department #3, Trujillo desires to serve as a trial judge where she feels she can have the greatest impact.  If elected, she plans on ruling with compassion, integrity and respect.... Read full article

Battle Born Credentials

by Senator Kamala Harris on

"Every moment I spend with Nevadans seems to further burnish their ‘Battle Born’ credentials–and my most recent trip to the state was certainly no exception." Presidential Candidate Senator Kamala Harris in Las Vegas with Congressman Steven Horsford.... Read full article

Why We Need to Elect Professional Educators to Run the School Board of Trustees

by Barbara A. Dreyer, M.Ed. on

Did you know that historically the CCSD Board of Trustees, which manages the fifth largest school district in the nation, has been run by business people and non-educators? ... Read full article

Q&A for Esther Rodriguez, Esq.

by Esther Rodriguez, Esq. on

"Diversity in the judiciary is important in that it restores public confidence in our judicial system. Nevadans need to have confidence in the Courts that are meant to serve them." Esther Rodriguez candidate for Nevada Supreme Court | Seat B.... Read full article

PROFILE: Fikisha Miller, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

As far as District Court, Department 19, Fikisha Miller will bring all of her past experiences with her to the bench.  She has held positions as a judicial commissioner, general counsel for a construction firm, and even as a juror in a civil trial.... Read full article

I Care Because I’ve Been There: Dedree “Dee” Butler, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

As an attorney (Dedree Butler, Esq.) practicing in the Clark County Public Defender’s Office for the past decade, she is now running for Family Court Judge in Department J in the upcoming November elections.... Read full article

Joe Biden Will Fight for Our Small Businesses

by Shaundell Newsome on

With so much at stake in the 2020 election, I’m focused especially on who can restore the promise of economic mobility for everyone. ... Read full article

Cory Booker: Paying It Forward and Why I Fight

by Cory Booker on

The first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey, Cory has led efforts to reform our broken criminal justice system, and invest in communities that have been left out and left behind.... Read full article

How a Traffic Ticket Can Ruin Your Life

by Heidi Almase, Esq. on

Heidi Almase is a former Las Vegas Municipal Court judge who created and presided over the Serious Traffic Offenders Program.... Read full article

Family Court Come First

by Kevin Speed, Esq. on

First, the most important thing that I need my supporters to know is that this election will be unlike any other in the history of our state. ... Read full article

Government for the People, by the People: Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Jasmin Lilly-Spells has demonstrated her exemplary legal expertise while working as a practicing trial attorney, working in the trenches and handling all aspects of her cases.  She has shown an even and fair judicial temperament.... Read full article

PROFILE: Adriana Rincon White, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

In the 2020 election, Adriana Rincon White will be running for the judicial seat in District Court - Family Division in Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas).... Read full article

Adriana Rincon-White, Esq. - Candidate for District Court, Family Division - Dept. W

by Naiomi Pitre on

In her campaign efforts, Adriana Rincon White is eagerly educating the public on why this election is of such great importance.  With the impact that a judge has on the community that they serve, voting should be taken seriously by all constituents. ... Read full article

Kamala Harris at the 2019 Liberty & Justice Event (Iowa)

by Campaign Staff on

Last night at Iowa's Liberty & Justice event, Kamala Harris delivered a rousing speech that laid out what makes her unique in the primary field: her career-long commitment to justice. Watch Kamala's full speech and read some key excerpts.... Read full article

Brenda J. Williams Day, June 5, 2019

by Councilman Cedric Crear on

Brenda J. Williams is a living model of Las Vegas history. She has been a significant trailblazer in Las Vegas, from integrating both the banking industry in 1963, as well as the workforce at the State of Nevada DMW in 1966. ... Read full article

Building an Inclusive Middle Class

by Former Vice President Joe Biden on

"We’re also going to continue the work we started during the Obama-Biden Administration to reduce the number of people incarcerated and eliminate the racial, gender, and income-based inequalities in our criminal justice system." - Joe Biden... Read full article

The Wrongful Conviction of Fred Steese for the Murder of Gerard Soles

by Naiomi Pitre on

After serving more than twenty years in prison, the hard work and diligence of the federal public defender’s office uncovered all of the evidence that was withheld by the prosecution and therefore violated Fred Steese’s right to a fair trial.  ... Read full article

Carli Kierny, Esq. - Candidate for District Court, Department #2

by Naiomi Pitre on

Carli Kierny has been working in the Clark County Public Defender’s Office for nearly ten years, after working in the same position in Illinois.  She is eager to see the impact of the new criminal justice reform bills that were recently passed.... Read full article

Heart of My Community

by Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq. on

Family is one of the most important things to me. I am a mom of four and a wife to a Navy veteran. My greatest accomplishment in life is raising my four children (11, 9, 5, and 2) with my husband.... Read full article

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