The first job of Nevada’s Attorney General is to keep people safe. I am running for Attorney General because I want to make Nevada the safest place to raise a family.
The Attorney General is responsible for prosecuting dangerous criminals, protecting consumers from deceptive business practices, and everything in between. It’s a job that takes leadership and requires constant teamwork across numerous law enforcement agencies throughout Nevada. I have traveled to every county in Nevada and discussed law enforcement priorities with the officers who actually patrol your neighborhood. I’m proud to be the only candidate endorsed by our sheriffs, police chiefs, district attorneys and prosecutors in Nevada, and I have used their feedback to build an outline of how we can make Nevada a safer place for all of us to live.
TOUGH ON CRIME:
Violent crime, often perpetrated by hardened career criminals, can only be deterred by the prospect of real punishment. I believe we need to toughen sentencing standards for violent criminals, home invaders, domestic and elder abusers. These are brutal, premeditated crimes that tear at the fabric of our communities. When it comes to committing such crimes in Nevada, every criminal should know one thing:
Hard criminals will serve hard time – period.
SMART ON CRIME:
A large percentage of police interactions occur in proximity to mental illness (this often occurs when someone represents a threat to themselves or others during a mental health crisis, and sometimes breaking a law). Someone calls 9-1-1 and, too often, these people end up in jails or traditional emergency rooms that are not equipped to properly diagnose or treat them. Often times, the same individuals end up in the same jails and emergency rooms, again and again, at taxpayer expense. As your next Attorney General, I want to reform this wasteful cycle and get our police officers back on patrol in our communities. There are effective mental health resources that already work well in some parts of our state which we should replicate, including psychiatric ERs and Mobile Outreach Safety Teams (MOST).
In terms of breaking the cycle of domestic violence, Nevada’s biggest missing link is transitional housing for victims of domestic abuse. Nevada is the second worst state in the U.S. for men killing women – an unacceptable and wholly preventable statistic. In Nevada, abuse victims must be able to swiftly escape from dangerous situations – which means housing arrangements that allow children, some pets and other potential victims. These are small changes, but they save lives.
Being smart on crime also means knowing how to put plans into action without breaking the bank for taxpaying Nevadans. As the First Assistant Attorney General of Nevada from 2015 to 2017, I served as Vice Chair of the Sexual Assault Kit Working Group. Our mission was to clear a backlog of 8,000 untested sexual assault kits from around our state. Some of these kits dated back to the 1980s. We did just that, and we didn’t charge the taxpayer a single penny. Instead, we did the hard work of securing a mix of federal grants and state settlement funds to pay for the thousands of DNA tests required to clear the backlog.
The result: over a dozen arrests have resulted from testing those backlogged kits.
Nevada got a little bit safer.
Most crime is not committed by hardened criminals or the mentally ill. As your Attorney General, I will partner with local communities to foster the development of after-school programs and youth outreach to prevent the root causes of crime. The classroom is where our kids develop social skills, make friends, and learn to work together. After-school programs are a healthy way to build on those schoolhouse lessons.
In Nevada, plenty of character-building youth organizations exist beyond the school yard as well. Organizations like the Las Vegas Metro Police Explorers, community sports leagues, After School All Stars, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, and many others.
A big part of crime prevention involves giving young people something healthy to fill the space where criminality so often develops. We should be proactive in meeting that challenge. As your Attorney General, I will make partnering with community organizations a priority.
All of these plans have one major thing in common: partnership.
A good Attorney General is someone who engages every entity responsible for public safety, in each unique community, and keeps up a continuous dialogue to understand how to best support them. In this way, the Attorney General is also among the best positioned to learn and spread best practices across our state and ensure that we are keeping what works and scraping what doesn’t. A good Attorney General is a servant-leader.
As a military officer and as the former First Assistant Attorney General, I have spent my life in public service building and maintaining those kinds of relationships. I believe that is why I have the endorsement of Nevada law enforcement.
I promise that, first and foremost, I will be a partner to your community. That is how we will make Nevada the safest place to raise a family.