By Liberty Leavitt
As a proud 5th generation Nevadan, I have been a lifelong education advocate. Since the age of six, I have been a vegetarian, and to this day, I consider myself a feminist. Professionally, I am an administrator with the Clark County School District. Amongst my many roles, I run the district’s mentor programs that assist our students, from elementary through high school, who need that extra support in order to graduate.
I am not, however, committed to any political party or ideology, but I am deeply committed to my husband, Michael Roberson. Michael is dedicated to the people of our state and he understands the challenges that we face. I can assure you that Michael’s record will rival any other individual in the state, especially when it comes to education and healthcare.
Michael delivered on bipartisan reforms that have unquestionably made our state’s public education system better. Most notably, Michael championed the passage of the greatest increase in funding for education in Nevada. He fought to increase teachers’ salaries and reduce class sizes, and he has backed bills requiring that third grade students read at grade level before they are promoted to fourth grade.
After tirelessly consulting with stakeholders that included education professionals, classroom teachers, and parents, Michael fought for resources our schools need in order to be successful. Under Michael’s leadership, the legislature increased funding for our students who need extra support through Zoom and Victory Schools. Funding and implementing smart and targeted programs for our students goes a long way toward improving the overall standing of the Clark County School District.
Education is by far the biggest challenge we face in Nevada, but it is not our only challenge. Our state faces critical healthcare problems, both in terms of doctor shortages and access to reliable healthcare. Michael helped pass legislation that funded UNLV’s medical school, positioning our largest metro area to produce more doctors to serve the region. He was also the first elected official to support Governor Sandoval’s expansion of Medicaid, and he has worked to expand healthcare coverage for every woman in the state.
Healthcare is a not simply a political issue for Michael, it is personal to our family. Like so many Nevadans, I struggle with a preexisting condition, as well as other health challenges. Michael has never and would never support legislation that would deny coverage for Nevadans with pre-existing conditions. We know firsthand the importance of quality healthcare and low prescription costs. Voters can count on Michael’s hard work to help them get the care we all deserve.
Outside of education and healthcare, I am incredibly proud of Michael’s lobbyist gift ban bill. Under the gift ban, legislators and their spouses may not accept any gift from a lobbyist throughout the year, not just during the legislative session. This includes something as simple as a cup of coffee. I’m also proud that he stood up to the taxi cab cartel and helped pass legislation that allowed for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Nevada. Locals do not need to be told the transformational effect Uber and Lyft have had on Nevada. Uber is now the largest employer of veterans in the state, and studies have shown that drunk driving arrests have substantially decreased due to ridesharing. Seniors have greater independence, and travelers and locals finally have a safe and reliable way to get to the airport or enjoy a night on the town.
There is a reason why Michael is endorsed by Governor Sandoval, the Clark County Education Association, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, and many others for Lieutenant Governor. Michael’s accomplishments go way beyond my personal list, and I encourage you to look past the eleventh hour political smears and research his record on your own. I am confident that when you do, you will cast your vote for my husband, Michael Roberson. Michael listens, researches, and delivers, and he will help lead us to a better and brighter Nevada as our next Lieutenant Governor.