RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Northern Nevada business consultant and community activist Lauren Scott has filed to run as a Republican candidate for Nevada’s Assembly District 30.
Scott works as a consultant to government and private industry, focusing on business development and renewable energy issues. Lauren is also the executive director of Equality Nevada and is a leading advocate for civil rights issues in Nevada.
Scott is running for the seat previously held by Democrat Debbie Smith.
Formerly a Democrat, Scott registered as a Republican for the first time last year. She decided that as a Republican she can more effectively work to overcome the gridlock in Carson City.
“We need visionary and decisive leaders in Carson City, not legislators beholden to corporate interests. If left unchecked, neoconservative policies will turn Nevada into a corporate-owned wasteland, not a state for the people and their families. I will bring leadership and common sense back to the Republican Party,” Scott said.
“We need to do more to make Nevada more attractive to a wide range of businesses. By reducing energy costs, removing barriers to competition, encouraging rural development and supporting Nevada entrepreneurs, we can get Nevada working again. Employed people increase revenues from payroll taxes, sales taxes, property taxes and fuel taxes and depend less on social services. They buy more and spend more, which results in even more economic growth,” Scott added.
Scott was as an active-duty member of the US Air Force for nearly seven years. She served three years in Nevada at the Tonopah Test Range as a military firefighter in support of F-117A Stealth Fighter operations. She was awarded two Achievement Medals and a Commendation Medal for her service during Operation Desert Storm. She received an honorable discharge in 1994.
By working with the Nevada legislature for over three years to successfully pass groundbreaking legislation, Lauren says she has gained a detailed understanding of the legislative process in Nevada. She has been recognized on the floor of both the Assembly and the Senate. If elected, Lauren would be the country's first openly transgender person to serve as a state legislator.