27 Apr Reuben D’Silva
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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.
A sense of pride for Northeast Las vegas, and a sense of duty. Northeast Las Vegas raised me and it would be an honor of a lifetime to represent my community in the NV Legislature
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?
The state must not only make sure anti-homelessness programs are funded well, but also assist local govt with resouces and planning when implementing these programs
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?
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?
I would not supoort these wholesale transfers. Any land transfer from the Fed govt to the state must be specific and limited in scope.
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?
A)I support state investment
B) Too little. I think we can do more to educate Nevadans (especially BIPOC people like myself who never knew about the natural majesty of Nevada while growing up in Northeast Las vegas), and I also believe we can do more for
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?
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?
If elected I will be representing some of the lowest income, most food insecure, and most at-risk peoples in Nevada. centering these communities is at the heart of my entire platform. Please check out my website www.DSilvaForNevada.com to see how I have prioritized communities of color and low-income families.
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?
First and foremost, I believe that our federal reps should 100% support free four year college and trade schooling. The federal govt should also forgive student loans. If this happens we will see a tremendous unleashinging of talent and productivity especially among Millennials and Gen Zers who are most affected by predatory lending amd high tuition rates. One innovative idea that I have pushed in recent years is for the creation of a Nevada education brokerage that will take on student loan debt and allow students to refinance their student loans to a 1% interest rate.
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?
We need to enforce existing water usage legislation, and we seriously have to consider putting more restraints on non-essential water usage.
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?
Northeast Las Vegas is one of the most food insecure parts of the city with large swaths of food deserts where access to groceries, and health food products is limited. I would be infavor of incentivizing (through temporay abatements and even direct subzidation) 4 to 5 full service grocery stores to open along both the North Nellis corridor as well as the Lake Mead Corridor. My estimate is that this will bring a grocery store within a 3 to 5 minute drive for roughly 75000 people who are living in a food desert