28 Apr Pat Spearman
North Las Vegas Mayor
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Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.
Unplanned growth that puts historic neighborhoods in jeopardy; we need to diversify our economy to help get those who lost their job during COVD-19, get back to work. I also have a plan to bring more affordable housing into North Las Vegas, expand our use of renewable energy, develop APEX with advance manufacturing and other associated industries that create high wage jobs. I also want to create a medical corridor to that provides wellness clinics to address the high numbers of residents with co-morbidities (high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, etc.). I also want to use my experience as a retired Military Police Office to address chasm between our communities and Law Enforcement.
What will you be doing to help those affected by homelessness and other resources?
I have a plan to build more affordable housing, with wrap around services, in North Las Vegas to help determine the root cause of individuals homelessness/ housing insecurity. Also work with non profits and residential builders to address the issue long term.
Nevada has historically protected the right to abortion, including protecting the right in statute 30 years ago by a vote of the people. However, there remain barriers to access in the state. Do you support not only the right to abortion but policies that improve equitable access to abortion care?
Yes, I do and I have voted for protections several times in the state legislature.
Comprehensive, age and developmentally appropriate, medically-accurate, inclusive sex education has been proven to improve students’ long-term health outcomes, yet it is not required that students be provided with this information in their sex-ed programs. Do you believe that public school sex-ed programs should be comprehensive, medically accurate, and inclusive?
Yes, I do. I believe the health curriculum should include medically accurate information so students can know the risk associated with sexual activities and resources if they are infected with STDs.
It is well documented that patients of color face greater obstacles to obtaining sexual and reproductive health care than non-Hispanic white Americans – a pattern that results in worse health outcomes overall for BIPOC patients. Do you not only acknowledge systemic racism’s role in public health disparities but will you pursue policies that seek to rectify the historical harm of systemic racism and advance equitable access to health care?
Yes, "Racism is a Public Health Crisis" SCR 1 from the 2020 Special Session. I sponsored SB 341 last session that was designed to address these disparities in disbursing state funds to BIPOC communities, medical care and wellness opportunities.
Do you support the implementation of a Human Rights Commission to address, study and meditate possible and actual discrimination in your jurisdiction?
Yes, I do.
What is your vision for community safety?
I would like to see cultural competency training for ALL members of the Public Safety Team (Police, Fire Fighters, Medics), diversifying our economy is a critical ingredient. That gives us more disposable income and a way to build community centers (Youth and Seasoned Citizens), plan community block parties so neighbors know each other and feel invested in neighborhood safety, and make sure justice is administered fairly across ALL communities. This would help retore trust and respect, in BIPOC communities for police officers.