Hey! It’s a pleasure to meet you.
My name is Nnedi Stephens, and with your help, I know we can make Nevada shine.
As one of four children born to two hard-working Nigerian immigrants, I witnessed firsthand how supporting your family and serving your community can lay the foundational building blocks of success.
My parents started a successful, small business operating 24-hour Supported Living Arrangements (SLA) in my youth. Every day since, I’ve witnessed how they improved the lives around them.
I try to embody that ideal, and it’s why my career has centered around service and support. A community works best when every citizen’s opinion holds equal weight, where you have an open forum for discourse, and when elected officials have deep roots in their community.
That’s why I’m asking for your vote for State Senate. Together, we can create meaningful change that centers around real people and their needs.
3 Changes for a Better Nevada:
When you actually speak to our citizens, planning for the success of Nevada becomes much more straightforward. Supporting the people in our communities begins by addressing three critical citizen-raised concerns: mental healthcare, business, and education.
19% of adults in the United States live with a mental illness, and 38% of citizens reportedly can’t afford the treatment they need.
Nevada has been hit particularly hard, as 67.5% of residents who need mental healthcare are denied.
By utilizing existing resources in the Nevada Grant Office, developing public forums, and destigmatizing the conversations around mental wellness, we will ensure all Nevadans have access to affordable mental healthcare.
Support for Small
Working alongside the Small Business Administration (SBA) and other organizations and initiatives established during the height of the pandemic, we will ensure small businesses in Nevada have the stability they need to regain their footing post-pandemic.
To further solidify the existing networks of support for small businesses, we will identify the unique challenges faced by several sections of our small business community (Black*, Latino/x, LGBTQ+, etc.) that were compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and come together to fix them.
Improved Compensation for Teachers; Increased Representation for Students
Financial stability for teachers and their support staff needs to be appropriately addressed.
Together, we will fortify a career pipeline and payment structure for teachers across the state and take care of those who commit themselves to our children’s bright futures.
Every student deserves to see themselves represented in the curriculum, at the head of the classroom, and at the education policy-making table. We have asked a lot of our students during this pandemic and it is our responsibility to ensure that they continue to learn in safe and healthy environments.
*According to research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, from February to April 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic left 41% of black-owned small businesses closed down permanently across the United States (compared to 17% of white-owned small businesses).