04 May Sena Loyd
Sena Marie Loyd
Democratic for Nevada State Assembly District 40
Candidate contact information:
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 775-430-5033
CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES
Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.:
I am running because I want to help Nevadans, I have the energy and drive to serve in elected office on behalf of constituents who may not have time or desire to do so, but who deserve to have their voices heard and represented. I have experience as an appointed public servant while at the Carson City Library in the role of Director. There I managed a balanced budget and staff which supported 1,300 visits each day from the entire community. Under my leadership, the Carson City Library was named a top 14 library in America by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2018. As a registered lobbyist for the Nevada Library Association and the City of Carson City in 2017, I helped secure $500,000 for Nevada’s public libraries statewide. These funds helped libraries across the state integrate emerging technology and virtual learning into their communities, this has evolved into a premier workforce development tool connecting rural learners with good middle class careers.
What policies would you pursue to diversify the state’s economy and create new jobs that pay a living wage?
Though we do need to continue to diversify Nevada’s economy, we have good living wage careers brought in through diversification where the current workforce does not meet the demand of business. I will work with fellow legislators, state and public agencies, nonprofits and private sector leaders to drive resources that serve Nevadan’s workforce to reinvent themselves and find economic relevance in our global marketplace. I will emphasize the need to support our community college programs that are beyond a high school diploma but do not require a 2 year degree. I will fight to expand apprenticeship programs that allow for high-quality work-based learning with post-secondary earn-and-learn models. I will continue to support Nevada libraries services for upskilling and retraining community members to get people working.
The 2019 Nevada Legislature passed Assembly Joint Resolution 10 (AJR 10) to amend the Nevada Constitution to remove the two-tiered minimum wage system and ensure a set minimum wage of $12. What are your views on passing AJR 10 in the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session to put it on the ballot in 2022?:
I support passing AJR 10 in the 2021 Nevada Legislative Session to bring it to the voters on the ballot in 2022.
In 2019, Nevada joined the US Climate Alliance and took aggressive steps to address climate change by increasing our Renewable Portfolio Standard and encourage a shift to clean energy sources such as solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and wind. What policies do you support to continue this effort, particularly in the transportation sector?
I believe that we must continue to push forward policies to encourage adoption of clean energy. I believe that incentives need to be considered to encourage all new construction to be clean energy ready; such as solar and that a prosumer model of consumption should be allowed in Nevada. Nevada should also be investing in and encouraging private enterprise to invest in electrifying our highways. We have done a good job starting this process, but there is no reason that we shouldn't be investing in this for our fleets and transit system throughout the state.
How can the State work with localities to address the housing and homelessness crisis we are currently facing? Specifically, what measures or policies can we enact to make housing more affordable for all Nevadans?
Nevada needs to work with local communities to help to address the housing and homelessness crisis. We can help to ensure that affordable housing gets built by encouraging communities to build inclusively, and to ensure that there are enough incentives in place for builders to do so. By building affordable housing in communities, a portion of the homelessness crisis is addressed, people cannot afford to live within or commute to the communities that they work. Additionally, Nevada needs to address the mental health and wellness of ALL Nevadans. Working in a public library, I have seen what not addressing this does, not only to those that need help, but also for those that are not trained to be social workers.
If elected, do you support bold enhancements to the existing paid sick days law?
I do support the bold enhancements to the existing paid sick days law.
With the possibility of the Affordable Care Act being repealed by the Supreme Court, including the Medicaid expansion and protections on coverage for preexisting conditions, what should be done to address the way in which Nevadans get access to affordable health care?
As an individual with a preexisting condition (autoimmune disease) I fully support ensuring that what can be enacted on the state level be done. I also support ensuring our representatives in Washington fight for this for all Nevadans.
The United States has become the most dangerous place in the world for a woman to give birth, especially black women. For every 100,000 live births, 42 women die. What policies would you support to protect pregnant mothers?
I would support any policies that Nevada could enact to ensure that pregnant mothers would be protected in childbirth.
In 2019, Nevada state family planning grant funding was increased by way of legislation. What additional measures do you believe are still needed to ensure families have equitable access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care?
I believe that we have to continue to fight on a national level for equitable access to full spectrum reproductive health care. At the State level we have to ensure that we are able to fund access for Nevadans.
What do you believe is the best approach to ensure all of Nevada’s children have equal access to a quality public education? How do we address the significant education funding shortfall?
The funding shortfall for public schools that we would have seen in 2021 dwarfs the funding shortfall that we will see in Nevada with the COVID-19 health crisis. This means that we not only have to be radically inclusive, “...bringing into [our] analysis as many relevant people, processes, disciplines, organizations, and technologies as possible, factors that are often kept separate or excluded all together...” (Thomas L Friedman, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, 2016) but we have to find creative ways to strengthen and fund public education K-12, colleges, and universities. I believe that only when public schools get the funding needed should private school vouchers be considered.
The majority of Nevada’s children are children of color, and many families have been affected by current immigration policies, incarceration, and criminal sentencing policies. How would you work to address these issues to provide opportunities to all Nevadans?
I believe that all policies dealt in the legislature can work to address these issues to ensure opportunities for all Nevadans.
What are your views on the use of Nevada’s financial resources to support the deportation efforts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency?
I do not believe that local and state financial resources should be used to support the deportation efforts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with the exception of individuals who have been convicted of violent crimes.
In 2019, Nevada significantly expanded voting rights and accessibility to voting locations. What additional measures, if any, are needed to improve the efficiency, accessibility, and integrity of elections?
Although Nevada significantly expanded voting rights and accessibility in Nevada, the COVID-19 health crisis is an example of a situation that will drastically restrict this new access. Currently there is only a single polling location in each county that an individual can same day register to vote and vote (or return a ballot) at, if they were not able to do so by absentee ballot.
Nevada has successfully proven that online voting through the Effective Absentee System for Elections (EASE) works for Military and Overseas Voters. Technology can prove to be troublesome at times, however, technology such as blockchain could allow for an individual to own their identification and be able to initiate a vote through a blockchain based system without having to reveal their identity (but also ensuring no voter fraud). Systems such as this should be considered in Nevada, and leslistation should allow for exploration of pilot implementations.
What are your positions on legislation to address gun violence prevention?
I believe that some measure should be taken to ensure that we are addressing and attempting to prevent gun violence. I support sensible gun laws regulating the sale, use and possession of certain firearms, background checks, and bans on military style assault weapons.
What are your views on regulating marijuana within the state of Nevada?
I believe that marijuana should be appropriately taxed for education funding as initially proposed when it became legal in the State. I do believe that additional studies should be consulted when making laws concerning regulation of marijuana.
Nevada has one of the largest shares of public land of any state in the country, providing access for a variety of recreational and commercial uses. How would you address the issues related to public lands and their continued future uses?
We must preserve them, this not only impacts our outdoor recreation economy, but has a long term impact on our society. I believe that the state should take a leading role in ensuring that our public lands are maintained for the good of the state. I believe that if Congress transfers the land, funding should be accompanied with the land to ensure that the state has adequate resources to maintain the land. I also believe that developers must show that there is no impact to the environment, or ensure mitigation measures (at their cost) will be put into place.
Nevada is experiencing a more than a decade long drought. What is your position on addressing climate change and protecting Nevada’s water supply?
Key provisions of the federal Clean Water Act were rolled back, including protections for certain seasonal streams and wetlands. This is problematic for Nevada, where 90% of our drinking water from out of state sources. I believe that we have to fight back on a national level.
As for Climate Change, I believe that we must ensure that we are addressing it world wide and head on. The COVID-19 health crisis has shown us that our planet is capable of healing, but that we have to ensure that we do the right things to allow it to heal.