Voter Guide: 2020 General Election

This Voter Guide and the recommendations made within were produced collaboratively and democratically by members of the 2020 General Election Working Group under the direction and on behalf of the Las Vegas Democratic Socialists of America’s Electoral Committee. The Working Group was established on Saturday, July 18, 2020 by a vote of the members during a Monthly Electoral Committee Meeting. The primary objective of the Working Group was to produce a 2020 General Election Voter Guide, building on our prior research and experience from the 2020 Primary Election Voter Guide Working Group.

Members of the Working Group approached this process through the lens of our shared socialist values with an eye towards the reality of Nevada Politics. The Working Group was composed of various members of the Electoral Committee, who drew upon their collective experiences and backgrounds, including but not limited to: law, labor organizing, labor lobbying, Democratic Party politics, and Nevada Politics in general.

In order to make this Voter Guide as useful as possible—and based on feedback we received about our previous guide—the Working Group has included summaries of our research and decision making regarding our recommendations (or, in certain cases, the lack thereof), which are not to be interpreted as endorsements, either from the Committee or the chapter at-large. The ballot in Clark County, NV this cycle includes a large number of non-partisan judicial and education races, including for several newly created District and Family Court Departments. With so many candidates on the ballot, and so little information accessible or available about them, the Working Group felt it was especially important to create an information rich guide, even for certain key races where we have not made any candidate recommendations.

Formal Las Vegas DSA endorsements must be made at the chapter level by a vote of the full membership. In addition to producing this Voter Guide and these recommendations, the Working Group has submitted recommendations for votes for full chapter endorsement for four (4) candidates for public office and positions on two (2) statewide ballot questions, to be voted upon by members at the October 15th Regular Monthly Meeting.

Finally, in addition to including extended summaries of our decision making process, the Working Group would also like to note that not all candidates who were recommended by the Committee during the Primary Election have retained our recommendation in the General Election.

We have not consulted with any candidates about inclusion in this guide unless they are recommended for full endorsement.

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