03 Oct Wendy Jauregui-Jackins
Democrat for Nevada State Senate District 15
Candidate contact information:
Email address: Wendy4Nevada@gmail.com
Phone number: (775) 544-2363
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 a first generation American. My parents came to this country to pursue the American dream and provide our family with every opportunity available. They worked hard, and my dad eventually built up a successful small business. My parents always instilled in us the value of work ethic and taught us to appreciate the many opportunities this country provides. I never went without medical care or a home to live in. I attended public school and received a great education. At school, I was part of English Language Learner and free/reduced lunch programs. Having access to these programs and a quality public education set me up for success. I decided to step up and run for this seat because I believe everyone deserves to have those same opportunities. Our kids should have access to an excellent public education. Our educators should have the support and resources to make that happen. Families should not have to decide between buying groceries or going to the doctor. Nevadans should have access to affordable housing opportunities and shouldn’t be worried about spending their entire paychecks on rent or a mortgage. I believe these are issues we can tackle as a state, and I am running for State Senate because I want to make sure everyone in our community has those same opportunities that set me up for success. I have been a public servant working in the Washoe County Assessor’s Office for more than 13 years now. I’m also an active member of the Reno community and I feel passionately about helping others. I believe my background and my personal experiences make me uniquely qualified to understand the needs of the constituents of Senate District 15, and I will fight to be a positive force for change in the legislature.
What policies would you pursue to diversify the state’s economy and create new jobs that pay a living wage?
Our state has an abundance of natural resources that give us the ability to be a leader in the green economy. We should invest in expanding our solar, wind, and geothermal sectors to provide quality, good-paying jobs that will also help us achieve the goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. I also believe we should also work to recruit more tech companies here. Nevada has a business-friendly environment and available land. We can provide many things to the tech industry in terms of relocation or opening of new tech companies that should attract the industry here. I will go to work to ensure that we promote Nevada as a great place to work, live, and do business in order to diversify our economy and create more quality, high-paying jobs.
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 would be supportive of passing AJR 10 in the 2021 Nevada Legislative session and putting it 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?
We need to continue to build on the work started in 2019 and pursue electrification of public transportation vehicles as well as installation of more electric vehicle charging stations, specifically in multi-family dwellings where renters can have access to them as well. I am also supportive of investing in more public transportation and mass transit options for Nevadans.
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?
The affordable housing crisis has deeply impacted our local community here in Reno. The housing that is available simply cannot meet the demand for it. In my current job at the Washoe County Assessor's Office, I see first-hand every day the lack of affordable housing options available. I’m grateful for the efforts to tackle this issue by so many in our community. I believe that we can only solve this problem in partnership with our local governments, affordable housing advocates, and developers. I plan to work with local leaders here in Reno to address this issue, while building on the work done during the 2019 legislative session to incentivize more affordable housing options coming online.
If elected, do you support bold enhancements to the existing paid sick days law?
I support the work done by the legislature in 2019 to provide workers with earned paid time off. Workers need to have the ability to recover from illness without worrying about going to work to meet financial obligations, getting in trouble for missing work or possibly spreading disease amongst coworkers.
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?
I am supportive of the work done by the legislature in 2019 to protect Nevadans with pre-existing conditions and create more transparency in prescription drug pricing. One of my top priorities is ensuring we make health care affordable and accessible for Nevadans. I am eager to see the results of the study currently underway on the feasibility and design of a public option for Nevadans. Providing Nevadans with more affordable insurance options could go a long way in lowering health care costs across the board.
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 think that this again goes back to our health care system as a whole. If pregnant women do not have access to proper health care due to costs or lack of affordability, this can greatly increase risks associated with pregnancy. We need to ensure that pregnant women in Nevada have access to healthcare providers and treatment regardless of ability to pay.
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 investments like these are the key to providing more access to life-saving measures like mammograms and cervical cancer screenings. We must ensure that our state continues to invest in these types of grants and builds on the great work that’s already been done.
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?
Education is a top priority of mine. Your zip code shouldn’t determine the quality of the education you will receive. I would like to work towards funding and support of educators in low-income areas to provide equal opportunities for all students. I also would like to expand programs like ELL and Free and Reduced Lunch that helped set me up for success and that I know help so many students in our community who already have access to them. As far as addressing the funding shortfall, given the current health crisis we are in, it’s too hard to tell at this point what the State’s budget will be. We need to wait and see how long this crisis lasts, what its effects are and how long it takes us to recover before addressing budgetary discussions.
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?
This is an issue that hits close to home for me as I am a first generation American. My parents came here to pursue the American dream. They worked hard, and my dad eventually built up a successful small business. My parents always instilled in our family an appreciation for the many opportunities this country provides. I supported the legislature’s efforts last session to create the Office for New Americans to provide assistance to those who are new to our county and Nevada. I know that such an office would have been helpful to my family when they first came to this country in learning how to navigate state systems in place. Ultimately, the state legislature does not have the power to pass any comprehensive immigration reform. Those changes will have to happen at the federal level. I believe the federal government needs to figure out how to fix our broken immigration system --- starting with passing legislation that protects the many DREAMers in this country, including many right here in Nevada.
What are your views on the use of Nevada’s financial resources to support the deportation efforts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency?
Our state’s limited resources should be spent on funding things like public education, the creation of affordable housing opportunities, higher education, and public transportation electrification --- not on funding for federal agencies. This is especially true when consider the vastly larger amount of resources the federal government has access to as opposed to the state of Nevada.
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?
The legislature’s efforts and accomplishments regarding voting and elections during the 2019 session were phenomenal. We need to continue to expand rights and ease when it comes to voting. Given the 2020 Nevada primary election will primarily be by mail, I would love to work on examining the process and outcome to possibly move to more mail-in options for all at all future elections.
What are your positions on legislation to address gun violence prevention?
Aside from my husband, a law enforcement officer who has been involved in numerous altercations involving fire-arms, my sister was in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on October 1, 2017. My sister is a member of the Nevada State Legislature and sponsored Assembly Bill 291 during the 2019 Session, which banned bumpstocks, required safe storage of firearms, and implemented high risk protection orders in our state. I was so proud of the work that she did, and I am supportive of all of these measures. I am also supportive of the legislature’s implementation of universal background checks in 2019, which will help ensure that violent criminals and domestic abusers don’t get their hands on guns, which will help to keep our community safer and help to keep my husband and his colleagues safer on the job. I believe there is more we can do in terms of common-sense gun reform to help reduce violence, and I would love to be part of those efforts.
What are your views on regulating marijuana within the state of Nevada?
As a Latina, I would personally like to see more diversity in the ownership of our retail and cultivation facilities. I am supportive of the work being done by the Cannabis Compliance Board and I trust that the Board will help us to increase accountability and transparency in the marijuana industry.
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?
As a legislative body, working with advocates and experts, we need to continue to keep our precious undeveloped public lands safe, halting development near protected areas such as Red Rock Canyon. We need to do all we can to preserve Nevada’s public lands for future generations.
Nevada is experiencing a more than a decade long drought. What is your position on addressing climate change and protecting Nevada’s water supply?
I am supportive of the measures enacted by the legislature last session to increase our Renewable Portfolio Standard and implement a carbon reduction plan. Climate change is the greatest threat facing, not just our state, but our entire planet. We must do all we can to address this issue and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Given the rapid population growth that Nevada is experiencing, we need to increase our water treatment and water conservation efforts, and ensure new growth doesn’t exceed the resources of a given area.