RELEASE: SENATOR FORD CALLS ON REPUBLICAN LEADERS TO DISAVOW VICTORIA SEAMAN CLAIM THAT EDUCATION FUNDING ONE OF THE “WORST THINGS” IN NEVADA HISTORY

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August 10, 2016

SENATOR FORD CALLS ON REPUBLICAN LEADERS TO DISAVOW VICTORIA SEAMAN CLAIM THAT EDUCATION FUNDING ONE OF THE “WORST THINGS” IN NEVADA HISTORY

LAS VEGAS - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford called on Senate Republican leaders Michael Roberson and Ben Kieckhefer to disavow comments by right-wing Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman, the Republican candidate for State Senate District 6 in Las Vegas. Political columnist Jon Ralston reported Seaman’s comments that a bipartisan education funding package championed by Governor Brian Sandoval was “one of the worst things that ever happened in Nevada history.”

“Senator Roberson and Senator Kieckhefer claim to be champions of education, but they’ve been actively encouraging voters to support someone who thinks that the work the Legislature did to fund our public education system is one of the worst things to happen in Nevada history,” said Senator Ford. “Senate Democrats were proud to work with Governor Sandoval last session to unanimously support a bipartisan education funding package. We will not stand by and allow right-wing extremists like Victoria Seaman to undo that work. Senator Roberson and Senator Kieckhefer should immediately disavow these ridiculous comments and apologize for supporting someone whose priorities are so clearly wrong for Nevada families.” 

The bipartisan legislation that passed during the 2015 legislative session will bolster education funding in the state by $600 million, providing funding for both existing and new programs. Seaman was one of only handful of legislators to oppose the education funding package. 

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