Working together to strengthen our state and support Black Nevadans

Edward Coleman

This opinion column was submitted by Edward Coleman, chair of the Nevada Democratic Black Caucus, first vice-chair of the Washoe County Democratic Party and a community activist.

Black communities in Nevada are a growing rich tapestry of people from across the diaspora, including African Americans or Black people, people of Afro-Latino/Latina descent, Muslim and other faiths, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and immigrants from Africa. 

The Black communities in Northern Nevada are no exception to this growth and diversity. It is more important than ever that our voices are included in the political process. 

Of the candidates currently running for governor, Gov. Steve Sisolak, has recognized the importance of Black voices, and he understands the significance of bringing our perspectives into the broader political discussion.

Gov. Sisolak has supported our communities and families. As governor, he has made Nevada stronger and more inclusive by diversifying our economy, supporting small business owners and entrepreneurs, funding our public schools at the highest level in history and lowering costs for Nevadans by investing in affordable housing and health care

He’s also strengthened our democracy by ensuring every eligible Nevadan can make their voice heard at the ballot box. Additionally, he has signed anti-discrimination legislation such as the CROWN Act and passed bipartisan criminal justice reform to continue working to create a more equitable justice system.

The governor understands that there is more work to be done in all communities to continue our progress and has formed the Black Advisory Council to help address issues specific to the Black communities in Nevada. This advisory group includes faith leaders, small business owners and community activists from across the Silver State. As a group, we will advise the governor on critical issues facing the Black community and help strengthen our entire state. 

As chair of the Nevada State Democratic Black Caucus and a longtime Washoe resident, I’m proud to be included in this council to deliver results for families.

Like all Nevadans, Black people want the same opportunities to succeed and live safe and happy lives. These opportunities include access to better health care and mental health care, housing, schools, economic opportunities, child care and the ability to live in welcoming, inclusive and safe communities. Gov. Sisolak has delivered on these needs. Through the Black Advisory Council, we will work with the governor to continue our progress, support our communities, and strengthen our state for all.

Forming the Black Advisory Council is an important step. I’m glad to see the governor committed to building a diverse coalition of supporters and campaign advisers early in his campaign. 

Our state is strongest when we work together and include everyone, and Gov. Sisolak knows this. That is the kind of governor we need to keep Nevada moving forward. Gov. Sisolak continues to show up and is mobilizing every community early to deliver results for Nevadans, and I look forward to working with him.

Edward Coleman is a doctoral candidate in finance, the chair of the Nevada Democratic Black Caucus, the first vice-chair of the Washoe County Democratic Party and a community activist. Additionally, he serves on a range of local boards and committees including the Reno Charter Committee, the Reno Initiative for Shelter Equality (RISE), the Washoe County Sheriff’s Advisory Council, and the Board of Art Spot Reno.

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