For Immediate Release Monday, September 18, 2017
Assemblyman Nelson Araujo Enters Race to Become Nevada’s Next Secretary of State
Widely seen as a promising and talented lawmaker, Araujo rolls out key endorsements and pledges to modernize SOS office
Las Vegas, NV — Assemblyman Nelson Araujo (District 3) announced today that he is running for Secretary of State in Nevada in the 2018 election. Elected twice to the Nevada State Assembly, Araujo has risen quickly in the ranks, serving as Assistant Majority Floor Leader in the most recent legislative session.
In his first race, Araujo won a six-way Democratic primary before going on to win his Assembly seat in the general election. He is proud of the diverse district he represents and has worked hard to ensure every constituent he represents has a voice. In the 2017 session, all seven of the priority bills Araujo authored were passed by a Democratic legislature with bipartisan support and signed into law by a Republican governor, including legislation expanding protections for children in foster care and safeguarding small businesses from unnecessary and significant tax increases.
Araujo released the following statement on his decision:
“I’m running for Secretary of State because Nevadans deserve a voting system that protects the fundamental right of every eligible voter to have their vote counted, no matter who they are or what they believe. This core principle binds us together, and we must continue to fight for and protect this fundamental right. We need a Secretary of State who wants to help every eligible voter participate in our democracy -- whether it’s closing the gap between early voting and election day, or allowing same-day and automatic voter registration. People fought and died for our right to vote in free and accessible elections, yet our Secretary of State has sought to politicize these issues for partisan gains. I believe an open government depends on fair elections and that will be my guiding principle in office.
“I am just as passionate about modernizing the way we do business in Nevada. It’s often said that most people will only get to know our state government through their interaction with the Secretary of State’s office. That interaction must be streamlined and efficient. The private sector moves at lightning speed and we should utilize the knowledge they bring to the table. We’re fortunate to have tech companies like Google, Amazon and Apple expanding operations in Nevada and I believe we can harness their innovations to bring our SOS office up to date with our 21st century economy.
“States like Georgia now have mobile apps allowing voters to check their registration status and find their nearest polling location. In Michigan, you can text your local Secretary of State’s office to ‘get in line’ virtually to speed up the process of filling out your paperwork to start a new business. These are smart, cost-effective ideas that could make Nevadans’ lives easier. That’s the kind of forward-thinking leadership I intend to bring to the table as our next Secretary of State.”
Widely seen by his colleagues as a lawmaker with tremendous talent and passion for public service, Assemblyman Araujo is kicking off his campaign for Secretary of State with key endorsements and the support of community leaders.
Speaker of the Assembly Jason Frierson: “Nelson is one of those rare talents who can bring people together to work for the common good. He was a driven and effective leader in our caucus and while I am sad to lose him, I know that he is the right person at the right time for this office.”
U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto: “Protecting our right to vote and the integrity of our election process are among the most sacred responsibilities we have as elected officials, and Nelson has spent his career fighting for everyone to have a voice in our democracy. As our next Secretary of State, I am confident Nelson will ensure our voting system and the way we do business in Nevada is streamlined with the most secure and efficient technology and held to the highest ethical standards. We need Nelson's energy and character in the Secretary of State's office.”
Latino Victory Fund President Cristóbal J. Alex: “At a time when our fundamental rights are under attack, Secretary of State offices are more important than ever. In the battleground state of Nevada, we have an opportunity to make history by electing the state’s first Latino Secretary of State in 2018. Assemblyman Nelson Araujo will fight not just to preserve the right to vote, but will remove barriers that prevent too many eligible voters from participating in the process. We are proud to support Assemblyman Araujo for Secretary of State.”
Nelson Araujo is a proud Nevada native. Born in Las Vegas to parents who fled the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s for a better life in the United States, Nelson was raised on 28th Street in Las Vegas in a single-parent household.
His mother worked long shifts as a hotel housekeeper, and she is a proud Culinary Workers Union Local 226 member to this day. Despite lacking transportation and not being able to speak English, she worked tirelessly to ensure that her children had the basic resources they needed to succeed.
Inspired by his mother, Nelson sought to accomplish his dreams of bringing his family out of poverty by succeeding in school. Nelson is the first in his immediate family to graduate high school and college. He obtained his bachelor's degree in communication studies and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
From an early age, Nelson realized that there were many parts of our community that needed change, so he became involved in community outreach and civic engagement. In 2007, he began working for the office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, where he helped establish and manage the Senator's statewide foreclosure prevention assistance efforts.
In 2011, Nelson joined Financial Guidance Center, Nevada's largest HUD-approved nonprofit agency. There, he was responsible for oversight of Home Again, a statewide homeowner relief program sponsored by the Office of the Nevada Attorney General to connect Nevadans to much-needed housing resources. By the time he left the Financial Guidance Center, the Home Again program had helped 10,000 homeowners.
Currently, Nelson works for a nonprofit organization dedicated to public education and is an adjunct professor at Nevada State College. Nelson also volunteers for various organizations dedicated to improving the lives of Nevadans through advocacy and activism. Nelson serves on the board of directors for the Financial Guidance Center and the LGBT Center of Southern Nevada. He is also the former Political Committee Co-Chair for the Las Vegas chapter of the Human Rights Campaign.
For more information on Nelson’s campaign, visit nelsonaraujonv.com.
Contact: Megan Jones Viridiana Vidal
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