Washington, D.C. – Latino Victory Fund announced the endorsement of three Latino candidates running in state races. The candidates are Cisco Aguilar, secretary of state; Lisa Cano Burkhead, lieutenant governor; and Sandra Jauregui, re-election candidate for state Assembly District 41.
“Nevada’s Latino candidates are key to mobilizing its formidable Latino voter population, and we’re proud to support Cisco, Lisa and Sandra in these high-stakes midterm elections,” said Nathalie Rayes, Latino Victory Fund president and CEO. “These candidates are running for offices in seats that have the power to impact Nevadans’ quality of life. We need more state elected officials from Latino communities who will fight for access to education, boost workforce development, protect voter rights, and protect reproductive rights for Latinos and all Nevadans. Latino Victory is proud to support these candidates and is ready to work to ensure they win and help mobilize voters across the state to turn out to vote in November.”
Meet the Candidates
- Aguilar is the founding chairman of Cristo Rey St. Viator Board of Trustees, counsel at De Castroverde Law Group, and founder and chairman of Blueprint Sports, LLC, a sports technology company providing parity and equity in business opportunities for athletes.
- He formerly served as general counsel for Agassi Graf, the management company for Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf, and the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education.
- Before Agassi Graf, Aguilar served as special counsel to the chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education and as a lawyer for the parent company of the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, KSNV Channel 3, and 16 other NBC affiliates.
- The first in his family to graduate from college, Aguilar has a bachelor of science degree in finance and accounting, MBA, and J.D., all from the University of Arizona. Aguilar is a member of the Nevada, California, and Arizona Bars.
Lisa Cano Burkhead
- Cano Burkhead was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is a first-generation American Latina who has spent her life educating children in Nevada. Her parents came to Las Vegas from Paraguay and Argentina in 1965 to give their children a better life and secure the American dream.
- After graduating from the University of Redlands, Cano Burkhead returned to Nevada schools. She spent a decade teaching English and Spanish in Clark County before becoming the Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at Eldorado High School.
- Before serving Fertitta Middle School as its principal, Cano Burkhead was chief of staff to Richard A. Carranza, the northwest region superintendent for the Clark County School District. For the past six years, she was principal at Foothill High School and instituted critical reforms to help turn around the school and improve education.
- In 2021, after 25 years as an educator, she retired from CCSD in July, and in December, she was appointed to serve as Nevada’s lieutenant governor. Cano Burkhead, her husband, and their three daughters, Taylor, Raquel, and Sofia, live in Henderson.
- Jauregui has represented Nevada’s Assembly District 41 since she was elected in 2016. She grew up in Hacienda Heights, California, and moved to Las Vegas in 2009 to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
- Before being elected to office, Jauregui worked for the late former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then-Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.
- In the Nevada Assembly, Jauregui is the Assistant Majority Whip, and sits on the Ways and Means Committee, the Assembly Committee of Legislative Operations and Elections, and the Chair’s Commerce and Labor Committee.
- A champion for voting rights, Jauregui has worked to ensure every Nevadan can exercise their fundamental right to vote. As a legislator, she helped pass AB291, the most comprehensive Gun Violence Prevention bill in Nevada’s history.
- As a survivor of the mass shooting in Las Vegas in October 2017, Jauregui used her unique position as an assembly member to combat this epidemic.