Nevada delegation should support judicial reform bill

Last legislative session, we worked together in the Nevada Assembly to pass a law that has transformed the ways that we hold children accountable for the harm they have caused.

Assembly Bill 267 ensures that children sentenced to adult prison in Nevada have review opportunities no later than 20 years after they begin their sentences. Now, individuals told as children that they would die in prison can imagine a second chance.

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The Voting Rights Act at 50 -- The Fight Continues

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most consequential pieces of civil rights legislation of the 20th Century.

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Help Me Continue to Fight for Nevada

Dear Friends, 

Earlier today, I announced that I am running for reelection to the Nevada Senate because I want to continue the good work my colleagues and I have done on behalf of ordinary Nevadans. 

At beginning of the 2015 Legislative Session, the Senate Democrats came together to commit ourselves to strengthening and growing Nevada's middle class. 

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Post-Session Review


Now that a few weeks have passed, it's a good time to reflect on the 2015 Legislative Session. 

At the beginning of the Session, we came together with the Assembly Democrats to release our Nevada Blueprint, an agenda to expand and protect Nevada's middle class. To be sure, the Senate Democrats worked hard all Session to fight for legislation that would accomplish that goal.

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Business Owners & Neighbors: I want to hear from YOU.

Click here to read my open letter to business owners and fellow Nevadans:

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Black History Month: A Refelection

By Senator Aaron D. Ford
February 11, 2015

Fifty years after the passage of a Voting Rights Act that guaranteed African-Americans’ right to vote, forty-eight years after the first African-American was appointed to the US Supreme Court, and six years after the first African-American was elected President of the United States, it seems unusual to some to have February designated as “Black History Month.” 

After all, for many younger people in our country Black History is known simply as “history.” To many, the importance of race or ethnicity as an overt force in society has begun to fade. 

Despite our national progress, we must remember that America’s spirit is defined by the diverse groups of people coming together to form our collective history. As we study that history, it’s important that we continue to recognize and celebrate the contributions of all Americans, including African-Americans, to our nation’s success.

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Upholding the Legacy: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By Senator Aaron D. Ford
January 19, 2015

I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to consider the work we continue to do to uphold his legacy. 

Fifty years ago, the American Civil Rights Movement scored an important victory with the passage of the Voting Rights Act. This landmark legislation helped put an end to some of the most egregious violations of a cherished, fundamental right: the right to vote. Central to its passage were courageous activists who stood tall in places like Selma, Alabama to defend the rights of African-Americans and others who had been oppressed. Some of those activists paid for their courage with their lives. As we remember their sacrifice, we are obligated to consider our own duty to protect the legacy of Dr. King and the men and women who stood with him.

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A conversation all too common

Las Vegas Sun Op-Ed
By Aaron Ford, State Senator, Dist. 11
Nov. 5, 2013 

Earlier this week my son came to me visibly upset with a question that I was not prepared to answer. He asked why one of my legislative colleagues, Assemblyman James Wheeler, said he would legalize slavery if his constituents asked him to. Sadly, my son and I became engaged in yet another conversation about race ... a conversation that is becoming all too common.

My sons are not ignorant of the fact that people sometimes make offensive and thoughtless remarks, especially when politics are involved. Even worse, my wife and sons know that, in my capacity as a State Senator, I receive numerous offensive and threatening emails that are laced with prejudice, typically sent under pseudonyms.

But none of these compares to the comments from Assembly Wheeler. As one of my sons noted, the slavery comment did not come from an angry person making anonymous comments on the internet; it was an elected official who is expected to justly represent the people of Nevada in an equitable manner. 

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How the Film Industry Can Put Nevadans Back to Work

By Aaron Ford
October 2013

On the campaign trail, I talked to voter after voter who told me that what Nevada needs more than anything is job creation. That’s why when I went to Carson City this past legislative session I fought for and passed Senate Bill 165, a bill that will create tax credits to attract films and other productions to Nevada.  

You don’t have to be an avid movie buff to know that there are blockbuster films that take place in Las Vegas and others areas across Nevada. However, except for a handful of shots, none of those movies were actually filmed in Nevada. The main reason is that we were one of the few states that did not offer a tax incentive to the film industry. Until now. By passing SB165, we could bring thousands of desperately needed jobs to our state. 

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I watched the numbers come in Tuesday night  surrounded by family, friends and volunteers.  You can imagine the excitement in the room when we learned that we had won the election! 

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I Hope He Will Be This Excited When I am Elected

Did you see’s Picture of the Day yesterday? 

It shows our son, Alexander, high fiving the President! He was so excited!

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50 days away from Election Day

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead

We are 50 days away from Election Day, and the new registration numbers, released today, show that Senate District 11 now has a democratic advantage of 18%!  That is good news for our race, but it’s not over yet. In fact, it has only just begun. That’s why we need you to volunteer for the Campaign.

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Welcome to my Website!

To my fellow Nevadans,

Welcome to my new campaign website! I am greatly excited to be a candidate for Nevada State Senate, District 11. This website is the best place to stay up-to-date as my race progresses. Please browse the website to learn more About Me and Where I Stand on the challenging issues facing our great state.

Race to Carson City

Today was a very exciting day on the campaign trail, because I filed my candidacy for Nevada State Senate with the Clark County Elections Department! This is only the first step in what will be a long and challenging race to Carson City. But I never back down from challenges.  And I know that, with your help and support, I will be able to fight for a better Nevada in the state legislature next session.

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