27 Apr Erica Mosca
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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'm proud to be the first person in my family to graduate from college. I've spent the last 14 years empowering young people and their families to also have this equitable opportunity if they choose. I'm running for office because I've reached a point in my grassroots work where state-level policies and procedures can have a greater and more scalable impact to ensure every day Nevadans can work past surviving to thriving. As a non-profit Founder & Executive, I've had to create, raise and manage a budget, yet I never forget where I come from and I am committed to ensuring every day Nevadans have a say in laws and policies of our state.
Would you support allocating more state funds to help DACA recipients to help with higher education?
How will the state fight the growing issue of homelessness that is increasing in our communities and use funds to expand on shelters for these community members?
I am committed to learning all sides of this issue and finding a pragmatic solution that will be sustainable long-term and empower equitable housing access in our state.
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?
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?
I look forward to learning more about the issue with important advocacy groups in our state. In general this sounds like a solution, but I would like to learn more.
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?
True Colors United, a national organization that implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ young people continues to rate Nevada as critically low, for its State Index on Youth Homelessness (in collaboration with the National Homelessness Law Center) that ranks and scores laws and policies related to preventing and addressing youth homelessness in the United States. Are you willing to support legislation that helps to fund and provide oversight regulations to youth homelessness services?
I would have to look at the specific legislation, but in general agree this is an important equity issue we must address.
Anti-transgender bills are being introduced across the United States that attempt to prevent trans people from having access to health care, gender reassignment surgery, and access to sports in schools. Do you support transgender equality and access to healthcare and an athletic school experience?
We have seen rental rates increasing at a very alarming rate, in some instances upwards of 30%. How do you see the Nevada Legislature taking action to keep Nevadans in their homes and not being priced out?
I believe the NV Legislature must take action on housing access, affordability and attainment this next Legislative session.
Nevada has one of the largest shares of federal public land of any state in the country, providing important wildlife habitat, places to hunt, camp, fish and hike, and acting as the foundation of a billion dollar outdoor industry. Even so, some lawmakers have promoted policies that seek wholesale transfer of federal ownership of our national lands to states. A) Would you support or oppose these land transfer policies? B) Would should the State of Nevada’s role be in the management and ownership of federal land?
I am excited to learn more about this issue and in general support preserving outdoor lands.
State investments in conservation provide resources for a wide range of public benefit, like the management of wildlife and state land, and the creation and maintenance of trails and other recreational facilities. In 2019, the Legislature approved $217 million of bonding authority for conservation purposes, including for the acquisition of land for new state parks. A) Do you support or oppose state investment in conservation? B) Has Nevada’s investment in land conservation been too little, too much, or about right, and how would you change it?
In general I support state investment in conservation and ways to improve it.
Would you support addressing public health disparities in Nevada’s diverse Spanish speaking population by funding a “Promotores de Salud” program through the Nevada Office of New Americans that provides year round, culturally competent education and community engagement in Spanish on public health issues?
I would have to learn more, but I in general agree this is an issue and that this could be a potential solution.
What are you doing to center communities of color and low-income communities in your work, and how do you ensure that equity is part of every decision you make?
As a proud BIPOC woman from a low-income background and daughter of an immigrant, communities of color and those living in low-income situations are my community. Equity is the foundation of everything that I do and equity/empathy are the core values I would lead with as a Legislator.
The APIA community faces the largest unmet financial needs when it comes to higher education. Nevada has the highest student loan default rate in the country. In Nevada, there are 333,100 student loan borrowers, $11.5 Billion in student loan debt, and $34,700 in average debt per borrower. What policies can we implement to ensure students and families are protected from predatory lenders and undue financial burdens?
I fully understand the issue as a student loan borrower myself and someone who has worked to ensure students and families have culturally responsive information on the college access and college persistence process. I believe in transparent policies that put the end-user -- students and families-- as the most important constituent group in these discussions. I look forward to working on these issues.
Latinx communities are extremely concerned about the drought and ongoing water shortages. What would you do to ensure our families have a sustainable water supply, not just now but also future generations?
I agree this is an incredibly important issue and is something I commit to learning more about in order to have real and sustainable solutions for our communities.
One out of seven people in Clark County are food insecure. What policies would you propose to ensure people are not residing in food deserts and have access to healthy food and water sources?
I believe we must acknowledge there is an issue, conduct a landscape analysis to share both the quantitative and the qualitative data and have a diverse stakeholder coalition committed to finding a long-term solution and actually executing it for our communities.