2014 Election / Friends Running for Congress

2014 Friends Running For Congress (Part 1): Erin Bilbray (NV-3)

I currently have four friends/colleagues who are running for Congress this year – two Democrats, two Republicans.  Below is the first of the profiles on each candidate.

I am doing this in part because too often people dismiss those running for public office as tainted by the political process, when there truly are many good people who just want to serve their country.

ERIN BILBRAY (D)

NEVADA – 3

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Erin worked on the finance team for the 1992 Clinton campaign and I worked closely with her in launching the Democratic National Committee’s Saxophone Club.  I cannot speak highly enough about her.  IF YOU LIVE IN NEVADA PLEASE VOTE FOR OR HELP ERIN!

Erin has created or helped to create three non-profits that have helped address the needs of our community. Emerge Nevada, which addressed the under representation of women in politics, The Southern Nevada Prom Closet, which provides dresses to teenagers who cannot afford them. And with her husband, Noah they created Nevada’s first completely free health clinic for children. She previously worked on behalf of the Agassi Foundation and the American Diabetes Foundation.

Her endorsements include: PLANNED PARENTHOOD , EMILY’S LIST, ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS, WOMEN’S CAMPAIGN FUND, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, SIERRA CLUB , AFGE-PAC, IBEW, NV ASSOC OF PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS, AFT, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE, NARAL, HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN, VETERANS IN POLITICS. SEIU, TEAMSTERS, HENDERSON POLICE OFFICERS

From Ballotpedia:

  • Jobs: “My highest priority is getting our economy back on track and creating an environment for businesses to create good-paying jobs to put still struggling Nevadans back to work. Congress can help small businesses succeed by getting out of the way, cutting red tape and excessive regulation, encouraging banks to lend again, and providing tax relief for small businesses. We need to encourage job growth here in Nevada–not China–by ending tax loopholes that encourage companies to go or expand overseas.”
  • Deficit and Spending: “Congress needs to take a lesson from Nevada families and live within its means. I will work to cut wasteful spending and take away Congress’ credit card by enforcing pay-as-you-go rules. Our budget reflects our values: we can and must invest in our children, in infrastructure, and the ability of our seniors to retire with dignity while we continue to reduce the deficit. I’ll work to eliminate corporate tax loopholes, while protecting tax relief for the middle class.”
  • Health Care: “Health care costs continue to be too high for both patients and small businesses. The Affordable Care Act contains a lot of common sense solutions, such as protecting coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, lowering drug costs for seniors, and allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plan for a longer period. But the results of full implementation remain to be seen. I believe we still need to do more to contain costs. I’m proud that my husband and I created Nevada’s only completely free pediatric health clinic.”
  • Medicare and Social Security: “I will not support any plan to privatize Social Security and Medicare. I believe we cannot fix our fiscal problems on the backs of our retirees. Congress needs to address the deficit and spending by eliminating corporate tax loopholes, cutting spending, cracking down on waste and fraud, and tightening our belts. It is not right to ask Americans who have paid into a system their entire lives to sacrifice before Congress takes these issues seriously.”
  • Immigration: “I support comprehensive immigration reform that is tough, fair, and practical. First, we need to increase border security and enforcement. I support bringing people back into the immigration system legally through a path to citizenship for those without criminal records. Reform must include a reasonable plan for paying back taxes and fines, securing education, and gaining employment.”

Nevada‘s 3rd congressional district
Nevada's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.

Nevada’s 3rd congressional district – since January 3, 2013.

Current Representative Joe Heck (RHenderson)
Population (2010) 703,278
Median income $61,286
Ethnicity 57.9% White, 7.6% Black, 11.8% Asian, 15.4% Hispanic, .4% Native American, 6.9% other

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