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It's hard to believe that it's campaign season again. 

As a Democrat, I am very proud of the work I did to help move Nevada forward in a way that I hope will truly create what has already dubbed "the New Nevada."  This was in many ways a truly historic session, where Democrats and Republicans worked together, fighting for what we each believed was the best path to improve our state, but compromising so that the stalemates of the past gave way to what we all hope will be a better future for our state.  

I am also very proud of the legislation that I introduced and worked on, which will help reduce bullying, get important information to parents and help keep some especially-challenged Nevada families together.

As you may recall, during the 2015 State of the State address, Governor Sandoval called me a "champion of school safety and anti-bullying efforts."  At the time, I was very surprised that the Governor would recognize a Democrat like me, but I was working closely with Governor Sandoval's team on what became SB504, the landmark anti-bullying legislation known as "Hailee's Law." SB504 developed from the heartbreaking stories of several parents who live in my district, and I am so very happy that this bipartisan legislation is now law.  I also introduced AB206, which mandates that parents be notified of resources available if their child is bullied - or if the child has health-related issues. The notices are designed to conform with SB504, and will help with the goals of ending bullying and giving parents the information they need to help their children.

One my favorite parts of AB206 is that the idea for the bill came from one of my constituents, whom I met while out campaigning. We started talking about education issues, and I told her a story about an experience I had during Nevada Reading Week in 2014, when a fourth grade teacher stopped me in the middle of the book to tell me that over half the class had literacy issues because they had vision problems that were not being addressed.  After leaving that classroom, I worked with the school district and Legislative staff to get eyeglasses donated to that classroom.  But I was dismayed... that was just one class, and I wondered how many children statewide were also having learning problems because they had a physical problem that required attention?  

I knew that the state did not have budget to help all of these children, and I also knew that there are resources in the community that can help. The idea for how to solve the dilemma came from that conversation.  If you have children in school, you may have even seen a flyer called the, "AB206 Flyer," which notifies parents of available resources in the community.

In thinking about it, I realized that my best -- and most impactful -- legislative successes have come from conversations I've had with my constituents, which is why I've made the theme of this year's campaign:

Since being back home, I've been going to community events, reaching out to community leaders and meeting with constituents to discuss issues that should be addressed.

In addition to discussing issues for the next Legislative session, I've been having a number of conversations about current issues, such as the proposed stadium.  I remain committed to supporting economic development if it makes economic sense and thought it would be helpful for you to understand how I'm assessing this proposal.

First, I’m looking at the question of whether it makes sense to raise the room tax, as we must stay competitive with other tourism markets and cannot afford to tax tourists out of visiting more often.  Then, the next questions center on what would be the best use of those funds. It's vital to look at factors including the number and quality of jobs created, the positive impact on our economy, as well as the impact on our infrastructure, education and healthcare systems. Finally, the associated risks must be assessed.  My questions include, “If at some point in the future, Clark County needs to find a different (or additional) source for some of the funds needed to service this debt, from where would they take the money? Would they take the money from education?  From UMC? From public safety or somewhere else?”

The bottom line is that if there is a special Legislative session called to hear this issue, my vote will be based on how the proposal will affect everyday Nevadans as well as our visitors, both today and throughout the term of any proposed bond debt. I take pride in seeking solutions that move Nevada forward in a way that benefits the common good.

Ellen Spiegel


As I continue to work on issues that will help make Nevada better, I want to hear what you are thinking. 


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We all need a brighter tomorrow.  Thanks to your help, I will continue to get things done for all of us.



I am proud  to be the Democratic  representative in Carson City who gets things done - and who gets them done in a way that reflects our community values. I want to hear your thoughts on the issues I've identified, and I want to know if you have other issues that need to be addressed in the next legislative session.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.





Many thanks again to all of my campaign supporters, including:


Nevada State AFL-CIO

Southern Nevada Central Labor Council

Nevada Building and Construction
Trades Council

Laborers International Local 872

IBEW Local 357

IBEW Local 1245

SEIU Local 1107

Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada:
   Local 731 Reno
   Local 1265 Sparks
   Local 1285 Las Vegas
   Local 1607 North Las Vegas
   Local 1883 Henderson
   Local 1908 Clark County
   Local 2139 Incline Village
   Local 2251 Carson City
   Local 2423 Elko
   Local 2441 Tahoe – Douglas
   Local 2955 Reno Airport
   Local 3726 East Fork
   Local 3895 Truckee Meadows
   Local 4068 Pahrump
   Local 4227 Storey County
   Local 4547 North Lyon County
   Local 4621 Mt. Charleston
   Local 4728 Central Lyon County
   Local 5046 Elko County
   Local 5073 Boulder City

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners

Nevada State Education Association

Clark County Medical Society

Nevada State Medical Association

EMILY’s List

Senator Richard Bryan

Mayor Andy Hafen

Councilwoman Gerri Schroder

Councilman Bob Coffin

Nevada Advocates for Planned
Parenthood Affiliates

Seniors United

Coalition of Law Enforcement:
   - Fraternal Order of the Police

   - Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers

   - Peace Officers Research Association of Nevada

   -  Southern Nevada Conference of Police and Sheriffs

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

Nevada Conservation League

Asian American Group

Culinary Workers Union Local 226

Bartenders Local 165

AFSCME Local 4041

Clark County Education Association

Latin Chamber of Commerce



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