02 May Natha Anderson
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Facebook: Natha Anderson for NV Assembly District 30
Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.
I believe in a citizen's legislature where there are a variety of voices and views to consider. I looked around the room and recognized the voice of a public school teacher from Washoe County was missing. I am qualified for this position due to being a leader in my community through a variety of organizations (Washoe Education Association, Nevada State Education Association, National Education Association, Northern Nevada International Center, as well as other organizations). Based on the time in these leadership roles I realize there are many different points of views. Each is important (even when people disagree) and we must find ways to work together.
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?
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?
Listen to community input by not being afraid of the issue. We need to discuss it with honesty, clarity in a nonjudgmental approach to find a solution. Differences of opinion exist, however, we must do something to address this existing health crisis.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Candidate declined to answer.
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 support the bonding authority; I believe we have been doing too little in the conservation area, however, with the financial burdens we face as a state we need to figure out how to find a balance with all of our needs as a state.
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?
The question of "wholesale transfer" could include land which is part of indigenous nations or Native American tribal nations. I would be opposed to this as any consideration of this land without the consent and the guidance of the governing council for the respective tribal nations.
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?
Access to service by working with state agency leadership to expand times of accessibility, language translations and literally working with the different communities.
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?
The idea makes sense. I would, however, need some more clarification for the actual language of the law.
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?
"Addressing accessiility and affordability of child care. Possibly seeing if there is a way to continue (and even expanding) programs which were started during the Covid19 Pandemic. The underfunding of child care services (and adult care services) were highlighted or spotlighted during the Pandemic, but we must continue to look for solutions.
I am hopeful there will be recommendations to improve the working conditions for our home health care workers' hardships from SB340 (passed in the 2021 legislature).
We must work with our home health care workers to get "