LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada's next governor is making several stops and visits before he arrives in Carson City and it included taking some tough questions about gun violence in schools and homelessness facing families in Southern Nevada.
Governor-Elect Steve Sisolak is set to be sworn in next week but before he moves into the governor's mansion, he took the time to listen to some of his youngest constituents -- about 30 kids -- at the Downtown Las Vegas Boys & Girls Club, Thursday.
"Our kids are our most important asset that we've got in the State of Nevada; education is extremely important to me," said Governor-Elect Sisolak.
The visit included a tour of the facility located near Eastern and Stewart Avenues which serves about 100 children.
The incoming governor also answered questions from the kids that included how he plans to tackle gun violence in schools.
"We are very concerned about gun violence in our country and in our schools," said Sisolak.
"Schools are a place that you should go to learn and not have to worry about gun violence," he added.
Sisolak said more needs to be accomplished at the state-level to harden schools and improve surveillance of campuses to identify potential threats.
The conversation also touched on funding for schools and a lack of basic supplies.
Sisolak said he hopes to add more funding so teachers will not have to pay out-of-pocket for classroom needs.
"Whether you voted for me or not, I still want to be the governor and do the best job I possibly can and I think it's important to reach out and have that connection to the community and that's why we're doing it," said Sisolak.
"It is special to know that right before he's going up to Carson City to make some big decisions that he has our kids' interests at heart," said Andy Bischel, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Sisolak is set to give his first State of the State address before lawmakers on Jan. 16.