Lucy Flores

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Lucy Flores
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Nevada State Assembly, District 28
Incumbent
In office
February 7, 2011 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern California
J.D.William S. Boyd School of Law
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Lucy Flores campaign logo
CandidateVerification
Lucy Flores is a Democratic member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 28. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. As of the 2013 session, Flores serves as Majority Assistant Deputy Whip.

Flores was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor in the 2014 elections.[1] Her campaign was focused on increasing K-12 spending, raising the minimum wage and comprehensive immigration reform. Learn more about Flores's campaign priorities by checking out the campaign themes section. Lucy Flores lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Flores earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from William S. Boyd School of Law in 2010. Her professional experience includes working at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Flores served on the following committees:

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Legislative Operations and Elections, Vice Chair
Transportation
Ways and Means

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Flores served on the following committees:

Issues

Expenditure disclosure

In February 2012, Las Vegas Sun reporter Anjeanette Damon wrote a series of stories detailing the failure by several Democratic legislators to disclose how they spent portions of their campaign money to help pay for expenditures. Damon's first story described how three Assembly Democrats -- Debbie Smith, David Bobzien and Lucy Flores -- failed to report the expenditure of campaign funds used to pay for rent and living expenses during legislative sessions. The legislators were instructed by the Assembly Democrats' lawyer that they did not have to report spending on expenses related to their public office.[2][3][4]

After Damon's initial report, Assembly Democrats Marcus Conklin, Richard Daly, Peggy Pierce and Marilyn Dondero-Loop came forward to admit that they had also failed to report expenses after getting the same legal advice. The six lawmakers filed new expense reports that detailed nearly $45,000 in campaign funds that were spent on living expenses such as rent, electronics, house cleaning and supplies, groceries, lunches and dinners. At the time, Nevada legislators were paid a $736/month housing allowance during a legislative session if they live more than 50 miles from Carson City. In addition, all legislatures received $154 per diem during a legislative session.[2][3][4]

Martin Dean Dupalo, president of the Nevada Center for Public Ethics, wrote an op-ed piece in the Las Vegas Sun about the failed disclosures. He described the situation as "a purposeful act of withholding mandated public information that was uncovered by a journalist—not reported as part of a broader discussion between legislators and the executive branch, or much less the public."[2][3][4]

Elections

2014

See also: Nevada Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Flores ran for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. Flores won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 10, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]

Results

Primary
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLucy Flores 71.5% 52,305
Harley Kulkin 12.8% 9,366
None of these 15.7% 11,508
Total Votes 73,179
Election Results Via:Nevada Secretary of State.
General election
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hutchison 59.5% 324,628
     Democratic Lucy Flores 33.6% 183,598
     Independent American Mike Little 3.9% 21,232
     Independent None of these candidates 3% 16,309
Total Votes 545,767
Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Campaign themes

Flores ran on the following themes, according to her campaign website:

Education

Lucy knows that education is the most pressing issue facing our state. From research and real life, Lucy understands that education is the investment with the greatest returns. She is committed to making sure every child; in every neighborhood has access to a quality education. The quality of our kids’ education, shouldn’t depend on what neighborhood they happen to live in.

In the state assembly Lucy led a bi-partisan effort to revamp student testing so students are better prepared for college. Lucy also supported legislation that put more money into Nevada’s colleges and universities.

Now, Lucy is the only candidate running for Lt. Governor who supports a plan to address education funding in Nevada. The fact that Nevada ranks dead last in education funding is unacceptable and Lucy knows we can’t continue to underfund education and expect different results.

Lucy knows funding education is the best investment in our future, and as Lt. Governor she will work to:

  • Strengthen Nevada’s education system from preschool thru college.
  • Increase funding to K-12 schools.
  • Make higher education more affordable.

Jobs

Nevada was hit hard by the national recession. The recession was a wake up call on why it’s so important for Nevada to diversify our economy. We must protect our vital industries – tourism, gaming and mining – but we must attract new businesses and industries so our economy is less susceptible to national recessions.

In the Assembly, Lucy supported a bi-partisan bill to restructure and re-energize economic development in Nevada. As Lt. Governor, Lucy will serve on the Nevada Board of Economic Development where she’ll be a tireless advocate for developing Nevada’s emerging industries, such as aerospace, clean energy and health services.

Lucy knows that to attract new business to Nevada we must have an educated and skilled workforce to support new industries. She will lead the effort to push for stronger coordination and planning to align work force development with economic development opportunities.

As Lt. Governor, Lucy will create a better economic future for Nevada’s families and businesses by working to:

  • Strengthen the economy and create jobs.
  • Promote policies that support education, because good schools attract good jobs and business.
  • Raise Nevada’s minimum wage to at least $10/hour.
  • Create incentives to attract more businesses.

Immigration

Lucy is the proud daughter of immigrants who came to this country in search of the American Dream. Throughout her life and her work as an attorney and as a state legislator, she’s experienced firsthand how our broken immigration system hurts Nevadans and holds our state back from reaching its full potential.

In the State Assembly, Lucy voted for a resolution urging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Although Republicans in Congress have failed to act, Lucy has proven her commitment to act at the state level to help Nevada’s immigrant community.

During the last legislative session, Lucy also stepped up and took action against fraudulent “notarios” or “immigration consultants.” She passed legislation, signed by Governor Sandoval, that requires notaries and paralegals to be registered and bonded so that those immigrants who seek their advice can be rest assured that they’re in better hands.

As Lt. Governor, Lucy will continue to:

  • Advocate for making higher education more affordable and raising Nevada’s minimum wage to at least $10/hour.
  • Push for comprehensive immigration reform.

Healthcare

Lucy believes we must make healthcare easier for people to understand and make sure all Nevadans have access to affordable care. She refuses to go back to the time when Nevadans were denied coverage for pre-existing conditions or charging women more for healthcare.

Here in Nevada, Lucy voted to create the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, and supports Governor Sandoval’s recent decision to enter into the federal exchange in order to provide the level of service Nevadans deserve. Lucy also voted to expand Medicaid, ensuring that thousands more Nevadans now have access to healthcare.

As Lt. Governor, Lucy will fight against efforts to replace the new law because it helps people by:

  • Ensure parents can keep children on their insurance until age 26.
  • Prevent insurance companies from discriminating against women by charging them more.
  • Stop insurance companies from denying access to contraception and preventative cancer screenings.
  • End the business practice of insurance companies charging seniors more for prescriptions.
  • Stop insurance companies from denying healthcare to people with pre-existing conditions.[5]

—Lucy Flores's campaign website, (2014), [6]

Debates

October 15 debate

Lucy Flores (D) and Mark Hutchison (R) traded criticisms about ethics, education reform and taxes during a debate hosted by Vegas PBS. Flores criticized Hutchison for failing to report a $15,000 trip to Israel sponsored by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. This point was made in response to Hutchison's criticism of Flores for failing to report her use of campaign funds for personal expenses. Hutchison also noted that Flores participated in the Israel trip and he was not found guilty of breaking state campaign finance laws.[7]

Hutchison pointed to Flores's record on education in the Nevada State Legislature to indicate weakness on the issue. The Republican candidate indicated that Flores voted against reform proposals including flexibility for families to switch from public schools to charter schools and a $2 million proposal to hire Teach for America teachers for struggling schools. Flores dismissed the Republican-led reforms as insufficient to deal with the state's education issues and called for adequate public education funding.[7]

The debate also raised questions about the candidates' support for Question 3, a statewide ballot measure that would add a 2 percent margin tax on businesses to benefit education. Both candidates expressed opposition to Question 3 due to the potential impacts on businesses. Flores suggested that Hutchison originally supported the measure in 2013, but switched his views on Question 3 to win statewide office. Hutchison countered that Flores and other state Democrats had not been effective on tax issues, arguing that economic growth is a better tool for government funding rather than higher taxes.[7]

September 3 debate

Flores and Hutchison squared off over education funding, immigration and same-sex marriage during a debate hosted by Hispanics in Politics. Flores criticized Gov. Sandoval and state Republicans for failing to restore $1 billion in school funding cut during the recent recession. She also voiced opposition for school vouchers, arguing that expanded choice won't improve education outcomes. Hutchison countered that legislators increased education spending by $500 million in 2013, while noting that additional funds should be tied to reforms in teacher assessment. He also supported school vouchers and expanded choice to improve outcomes for low-income students.[8]

A discussion of immigration policy started with consensus over the need for comprehensive reform at the national level. Hutchison cited his work with Democrats in the state senate on driver's permits for immigrants and restrictions on notarios, or dishonest immigration brokers. He criticized President Barack Obama for using executive orders to halt deportations rather than pursuing congressional action. Hutchison's responses followed questions by Flores over the sincerity of his support for comprehensive reform.[8]

Flores expressed support for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Nevada, noting a potential windfall for state tourism. Hutchison referred to his Mormon beliefs in opposing the legalization of same-sex marriage. He added that while he cannot support marriage, he opposes social discrimination of same-sex couples.[8]

2012

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Flores ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 28. Flores defeated Abraham Camejo and Luis Alberto Rendon in the June 12 primary election and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[9][10][11][12]

2010

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Flores won election to the Nevada House of Representatives, defeating James Cressman (R).

Nevada House of Representatives, District 28 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lucy Flores (D) 3,685
James Cressman (R) 800

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Flores is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Flores raised a total of $272,713 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[13]

Lucy Flores's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 28 Won $172,917
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 28 Won $99,796
Grand Total Raised $272,713

2012

Flores won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Flores raised a total of $172,917.
Nevada State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lucy Flores's campaign in 2012
Nevada Association Of Realtors$7,000
Nevada State Education Association$6,000
Clark County Education Association$4,500
Nevada Justice Association$4,500
Newmont Mining$4,500
Total Raised in 2012$172,917
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Flores won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Flores raised a total of $99,796.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Nevada

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Nevada scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2013

In 2013, the 77th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 4 through June 4.[14]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills dealing with government regulations, taxes/fees and individual liberty. Citizen Outreach selected 22 Assembly bills and 32 Senate bills to analyze for its scorecard.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record concerning economic freedom and education reform.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.

2011

In 2011, the 76th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 7 through June 7.[14]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills dealing with government regulations, taxes/fees, personal responsibility, families and individual liberty. Citizen Outreach selected 31 Assembly bills and 31 Senate bills to analyze for its scorecard.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record concerning economic freedom and education reform.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on education, educator salaries, benefits and collective bargaining.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on bills that are in the interest of southern Nevada.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.

Nevada Policy Research Institute

See also: Nevada Policy Research Institute's Legislative Session Review & Report Card

The Nevada Policy Research Institute, a Nevada-based conservative-libertarian think tank, releases a "Legislative Report Card" evaluating members of the Nevada State Legislature on "each lawmaker's voting record on legislation impacting the degree of economic freedom and education reform." Bills determined by the Institute to be of greater significance are weighted accordingly. According to the Institute, "a legislator with a score above 50 is considered to be an ally of economic liberty".[15]

2011

Flores received a score of 32.46% in the 2011 report card, ranking 47th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[15]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 RGJ, Democrats' lieutenant governor candidate Flores is young and ambitious; Is her goal to become first Latina governor of Nevada? February 20, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 cjr.org, "Sun’s Damon Discusses How She Got the Goods on NV Lawmakers," accessed March 16, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 lasvegassun.com, "Uses for thousands of dollars of campaign funds going undisclosed by Nevada Democrats," Feb. 17, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 lasvegassun.com, "Assembly Democrats reverse course, disclose spending of campaigns funds," Feb. 23, 2012
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. Lucy Flores for Lt. Governor, "Issues," accessed August 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Status quo isn't popular at lieutenant governor's debate," October 15, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Nevada lieutenant governor candidates clash in Vegas," September 3, 2014
  9. Nevada Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed May 6, 2014
  10. Clark County, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed May 6, 2014
  11. Washoe County, "2012 General Election candidates," accessed May 5, 2014
  12. Nevada Secretary of State, "Official Results of the 2012 Primary Election," accessed April 23, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "Flores, Lucy," accessed June 25, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 Nevada State Legislature, "Session Information," accessed July 3, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Nevada Policy Research Institute, "The 2011 Nevada Legislative Session Review & Report Card," accessed May 5, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Moises Denis
Nevada State Assembly District 28
2011- present
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