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Joe Biden officially Democratic nominee for president; NV state senator part of 'Rising Stars'

Posted at 11:24 PM, Aug 18, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Night two of the Democratic National Convention brought together big name Democrats, celebrities and 17 Rising Stars, including Nevada Sen. Yvanna Cancela.

The group of leaders from across the country spoke about why they ran for office, even when many counted them out.

"Even when there had never been a Latina in the Nevada state senate," said Cancela, as part of the keynote speech.

Highlights: Night 2 of the Democratic National Convention

Cancela made history in 2016 as the first Latina to be elected to that position. Cancela is part of Nevada's COVID-19 Task Force, led by former MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren. And Tuesday, she took aim at President Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic.

"Donald Trump just doesn't understand that we can't fix our economy until we get a hold of this virus," she said.

Cancela also spoke about her focus in her first term in office - reining in the high cost of prescription medication.

"In Nevada, we're making drug prices more transparent so people with chronic illnesses won't go broke while drug companies get rich," she said.

Both Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who spoke Monday night, and Sen. Cancela have pledged to use their platforms to fight for diversity. They say they want to see more Latinas and people of color in positions of power in the U.S.