Latinas scored big during Tuesday’s Nevada primaries, with Democrats nominating strong candidates like Yvanna Cancela, Selena Torres and Susan Martinez.
Incumbent Cancela, who made history as the first Latina to serve in the Nevada Senate in 2017, defeated challenger Bryce Henderson by a margin of 60 percent to 39 percent for the District 10 seat.
“I am so proud of our campaign. We never went negative. We talked about the issues. And we worked really hard,” the 31-year-old Phoenix-born, Miami-raised Cubana, who focused on drug cost transparency and increasing access to affordable healthcare during her first term, wrote on Twitter following her win.
Full of post Election Day emotions. Onward to November! pic.twitter.com/bZH6JSxqgI
— Yvanna Cancela (@YvannaCancela) June 13, 2018
Torres, a 22-year-old high school English teacher, took the Assembly District 3 seat, which became vacant after Democrat Nelson Araujo decided to run for Secretary of State. He also won on Tuesday.
The confident candidate, who last week, after receiving an endorsement from the Latino Victory Fund, said she looked forward to “being a voice for our community,” hopes to boost education and small businesses in her area.
“I’m taking all the hard work that both my parents have put in and now I’m running for office so that I can give back to the community that has really grown and developed my own family,” the Salvadoran candidate told Fox 5 in February.
Over in Assembly District 12, Martinez took the lead by 46 percent. The first-time contender ran on a platform that supports annual legislative sessions as well as property-tax cap reforms and hopes to find ways for marijuana retailers to safely conduct business.
“I know the other candidates worked hard, so we’re not taking this lead for granted,” Martinez told the Review-Journal following early poll results indicated she would win.
Each of the women will face Republican contenders in the general election on November 6, 2018.