LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas valley assemblywoman has announced her resignation, only weeks after being re-elected.
Olivia Diaz is a Democrat serving Assembly District 11.
Diaz announced on Twitter that she is running for the Las Vegas City Council's Ward 3 position.
I have decided to run for Ward 3's Las Vegas City Council position because we need a representative in local government who works as hard as the hardworking people of this area and I will be that strong advocate and voice for the needs of all my neighbors. https://t.co/XjIgZQp2lH pic.twitter.com/sE0pEwVvNz— Olivia Diaz (@oliviadiaz) December 3, 2018
Diaz released a statement about her resignation.
"I would like to thank the constituents of Assembly District 11 for putting their trust in me for the last 4 terms. Investing in education, fighting to protect and expand healthcare, and working to ensure that Nevada’s economy works for everyone has been an honor and a privilege. While I will no longer hold the title Assemblywoman, I am looking forward to continuing to work shoulder to shoulder with neighbors and friends I’ve known my entire life and continue to do everything I can to improve my community."
Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly, Jason Frierson, also released a statement regarding Assemblywoman Diaz’s resignation.
"Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz has been a committed public servant for nearly a decade. As one of the first Latinas ever elected to the Nevada State Legislature, she has been a trailblazer and role model for many aspiring leaders. While I’m sad to see Assemblywoman Diaz leave the legislature, I know that she will never stop fighting for our community and Nevada. I look forward to seeing what's next for her, and I'm honored to have worked with her these past several years."
A Democrat will be appointed to the vacant seat.
Diaz was first elected to the Assembly in November 2010. She has worked as an elementary school teacher in Las Vegas and attended Rancho High School and UNLV.