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Our choices for Congress: Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steven Horsford

10/18/2018

Las Vegas Weekly Staff -

3rd District: Susie Lee

Susie Lee’s work in community service, philanthropy and advocacy for education in Southern Nevada has aided untold numbers of Nevadans, including many who might not have made it through school without her efforts.

She understands the issues in Nevada in a profound, ground-level manner, which leads her to solid solutions to our problems.

Lee is the president of Communities in Schools of Nevada, which provides 63,000 at-risk students statewide with whatever they need to stay in school. And that means whatever—tutoring, clothing, food, transportation, toiletries, laundry facilities, eyeglasses, alarm clocks and much more.

The organization has thrived under Lee’s leadership, with 75 percent of the children it serves improving their attendance, 85 percent improving their academics and 88 percent graduating or receiving their GED.

In addition, Lee founded a women’s investment group that has provided funding for a number of nonprofits, and founded a homeless crisis intervention center. A product of a working-class family who had a paper route growing up and worked part-time jobs to help put herself through college, Lee has spent her career building a ladder for others.

Her passion for helping others and her ability to produce results make Lee an extraordinary candidate to represent Nevadans in the House. The same goes for her commitment to support affordable health care and fight for gender equality, gun safety, immigration reform, environmental protections and development of renewable energy.

Lee made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2016, when she lost in a competitive three-way Democratic primary race for the 4th District. Ruben Kihuen went on to win the seat.

But this is the right seat at the right time for Lee.

This time, she beat a crowded field in the primary and is now facing Republican candidate Danny Tarkanian.

Perennially unqualified for any office whatsoever, Tarkanian has gone 0-for-5 in bids for public office, and his full-throated support for President Donald Trump’s divisive agenda should make this loss No. 6. Tarkanian has said he agreed with the president’s stances on repealing the Affordable Care Act, immigration and border security, national security, tax reform and other issues.

In 2016, voters in the 3rd District chose Democrat Jacky Rosen over Tarkanian.

Now, with Rosen having given up the seat to run for Senate, voters once again have a choice between the extreme Tarkanian and a compassionate, highly capable candidate who will serve Nevada wonderfully while bringing honor and wisdom to our congressional delegation.

The choice is Lee, hands down.

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