28 Apr Elizabeth “Lisa” Cano Burkhead
Elizabeth “Lisa” Cano Burkhead
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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.
I was appointed to the position in December 0f 2021 and won my Primary in June of 2022. I have done the job for the past seven months and feel I am uniquely qualified to retain my position.
As a school administrator and principal, my focus has been students and building community in my schools to support kids and families. My leadership style in my role as Lt. Governor is what it has been in every role I have had previously, which is to listen, learn and build relationships with stakeholders so that we can go through challenges together and make positive changes together. I never sought the office, but when Gov. Sisolak offered to appoint me, I knew I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to serve. My life’s work has been education and working with students, educators and parents to build community and empowering them as an elected official will be my focus.
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?
In Nevada, the right to an abortion within 24 weeks is codified in statute through a 1990 referendum. We are one of few states that would require a vote of the people to reverse this right.
I’m proud of my partner, Governor Sisolak and the work he has done to decriminalize abortion, prevent abortion recipients from being discriminated against for family-planning funds, ensure sexual assault survivors receive emergency contraception in Nevada emergency rooms, and repeal requirements for doctors to tell patients about the ""emotional implications"" of abortion.
The state of Nevada is facing an unprecedented shortage of health care providers – a problem that impacts every area of medicine, including the provision of sexual and reproductive care. Do you support removing the physician-only requirement and allowing advanced practice clinicians (APCs) to provide this vital care to patients with training and certification?
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?
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?
Knowing that the death penalty is exorbitantly expensive, racially discriminatory, and does not promote true healing for victims family members, do you support its abolition and do you think ending the death penalty is a crucial part of criminal justice reform?
I believe that the state has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person is guilty, and all appeals should be exhausted before a final decision is made.
After the passage of AB376, the LG’s office is responsible for creating a Taskforce to create model policies for law enforcement regarding immigration. How do you plan to ensure equity and racial justice at the forefront of both the model policies and annual report?
The Keep Nevada Working Taskforce has had its first meeting and voted me in as chair. We will continue to meet and come up with policies that will help immigrants integrate into our economy. I will also work with the AG’s to create and implement policies that will benefit the new immigrant families.