Preserve Nevada’s status as ‘land of opportunity’: Laxalt
May 25, 2018
My ancestors came to Nevada generations ago and found a land of opportunity. My mom, Michelle, raised me by herself — and her life taught me that through hard work and integrity, those opportunities could be available to me. Today, I’m running for governor to protect and preserve those opportunities for my own three young children and for generations to come.
Nevada needs someone who’s committed to standing up for what’s right and protecting the ideals that make our state special. And I’m grateful that in my adult life, I’ve had the opportunity to do exactly that. But getting to this point wasn’t easy. Growing up without a dad was difficult, and I lost my way in middle and high school — turning to alcohol abuse and seeing my life spiral out of control. But with the support of my family and trust in God, I overcame my addiction and have fortunately maintained my sobriety.
As a result, I was afforded one of the greatest honors of my life — the opportunity to serve as an officer in the U.S. Navy. During that time, I volunteered to serve in a combat zone in Iraq, where my team kept our troops and the world safer by assisting with the detention and prosecution of thousands of war criminals and terrorists. I also served as a professor of law at the U.S. Naval Academy, instilling the principles of leadership, ethics and the law in our next generation of leaders.
After serving my country, I had the chance to serve again — this time as Nevada’s attorney general. Since taking office in 2015, I’ve worked hard to protect Nevadans. I’ve sought justice for victims of sexual assault by taking on the decades-long backlog of 8,000 rape kits. I’ve fought to protect human-trafficking victims, winning the first human-trafficking conviction in state history. I’ve protected older Nevadans by combating elder fraud. And I’ve protected Nevada’s sovereignty against federal overreach.
I’m running for governor so I can continue to protect the principles that make Nevada and its people so great. Our next governor will have to address countless issues, but there are a few in particular that will be my top priorities.
First, we must improve education. Critical steps have been taken in this area in recent years, and we must defend those successes against political attack. That means properly funding our education system, but it also means demanding more accountability for how education dollars are spent, giving parents more choice in where their kids are educated, and rewarding teachers’ hard work.
We also must defend Nevada’s status as a land of economic opportunity. I’ll keep taxes low, cut unnecessary regulations and work to empower our families and individuals with access to greater prosperity.
And I’ll continue to prioritize public safety in our local communities, taking the same commitment I’ve demonstrated as attorney general to the governor’s office. That includes protecting our schools. I’ve already led in the effort to enhance school safety as attorney general, convening a summit to bring together law enforcement and education officials to identify gaps in the system that could lead to a tragedy in one of our schools.
Nevada is a special place — a place I’m proud to call home and a place where my wife Jaime and I are proud to raise our three children, all born here in Nevada. It’s because of them that I am determined to keep Nevada the beacon of opportunity and exceptionalism it has been for so many of us. I’ll make Nevada’s next chapter our best yet, for your children and for mine.
Adam Laxalt is the attorney general of Nevada and a candidate for governor.Full Article: http://ux.rgj.com/story/opinion/voices/2018/05/24/preserve-nevadas-status-land-opportunity-laxalt/642058002/