"There is no criminal too ruthless and no corporation too powerful that I won’t take on if they are hurting Nevadans”

Las Vegas, Nev. — Aaron Ford, a former teacher, local attorney and the current Majority Leader of the Nevada State Senate, officially declared his candidacy today for Attorney General in an open letter to all Nevadans. As the leader of the State Senate, Aaron has passed legislation to help hardworking Nevadans: combating elder abuse, creating jobs in our new energy economy, increasing transparency on big pharmaceutical corporations, reducing recidivism and criminal justice costs through improved educational, mental health and substance abuse programs, and toughening penalties for criminals who target Nevada’s brave law enforcement officers and first responders.

Aaron’s Open Letter to Nevadans

In the last few years, the Attorney General’s office in Nevada has become too focused on partisan politics and advancing an extreme, ideologically driven agenda that is far outside the mainstream. Nevadans deserve better from their top law enforcement officer. I will be an Attorney General who always puts your families first.

As your next Attorney General, I’ll work to keep Nevadans safe, strengthen the middle class and protect our families. I’ll take on scammers who rip off seniors, insurance companies that deny care and abuse the system, polluters who poison our air and water, and criminals and drug dealers who prey on our communities.

Like so many Nevadans, I know what it feels like to think the system is rigged against you. As a child, dreams of going to college or buying a home seemed out of reach.  Luckily, I had a mom whose dreams for me expanded beyond the neighborhood block I grew up on. She taught me there is no challenge that can’t be overcome through hard work and a commitment to doing what’s right. That’s the attitude I believe we need guiding our Attorney General’s office. There is no criminal too ruthless and no corporation too powerful that I won’t take on if they are hurting Nevadans.

Meet Aaron Ford

Senator Aaron Ford and his family have lived in Las Vegas since the early 2000s. Aaron was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, where his humble beginnings gave him the drive and commitment to create a better future for himself and his community -- ultimately becoming the first member of his family to graduate from college. As Aaron and his wife, Berna, continued their education, he supported his family through teaching jobs around the country -- providing him a firsthand understanding of what works and what doesn’t in our classrooms.

Aaron and Berna moved their family to Las Vegas in 2000, where he finished his studies and began practicing law. In addition to representing small and large businesses, municipalities, and individuals, Aaron has also litigated international child abduction cases under the Hague Convention and volunteered countless hours of pro bono legal services. He is now a partner at a local law firm in Las Vegas, where he focuses on consumer protection.

In 2012, Aaron was elected to serve District 11 in the Nevada State Senate and was named “Rookie of the Year” by the Reno-Gazette Journal and “Senate Freshman of the Year” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In 2015, he was elected Minority Leader for the Senate Democrats. After leading the effort to reclaim control of the State Senate during the 2016 election, Aaron became Majority Leader.

Aaron led the effort to keep Nevadans safe and strengthen our communities by passing legislation aimed at combating elder abuse, increasing transparency on big pharmaceutical corporations, reducing recidivism and criminal justice costs through improved educational, mental health and substance abuse programs, and increasing penalties for criminals who target Nevada’s brave law enforcement officers and first responders.

Today, Aaron lives in Las Vegas with his family. Berna and he have been happily married for over 20 years, and together they are raising three sons and their nephew.

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