Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Nevada Board of Regents District 11 — Jeffrey Downs and Steve Laden — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.
The Nevada State Board of Regents is an elected executive agency of the Nevada state government, responsible for managing the state’s system of higher education.
Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?
“I would like to see NSHE focus on growing its mission to serve the people of Nevada through educational opportunities. Too often the focus of the board has been on the two universities and especially the sports teams. NSHE is supposed to serve Nevada by offering programs to help people to include workforce development. NSHE, through the colleges, has been expanding dual enrollment connections for high school students, but this, too, can be expanded.”
“I am most passionate about public policy relating to education at all levels. Since the Nevada System of Higher Education is populated mainly by Nevada citizens, what happens at the K-12 level is of utmost importance to Nevada’s colleges and universities. In the long-run, how we educate our students at all levels is one of the primary factors in determining the quality of our state, economy and society as a whole.”
Click on candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.
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