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Nevada nearly leads country in 'women in politics' statistic

Posted at 11:27 PM, Jan 19, 2018

The Las Vegas Women's March is Sunday at Sam Boyd Stadium, and when you take that combined with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, it's an empowering time to be a woman.

We're seeing that manifested on the ballot.

According to Time Magazine, a record number of women are running for political office this year.

"Our strategies have gotten sharper," said Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore. "We've gotten a little bit smarter in politics. We've learned the game that they've played, and now we're just playing it better."

When Fiore looks around her on the City Council, she can sees Lois Tarkanian and Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

The Clark County Commission has Chris Giunchigliani, Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Susan Brager.

"[Women] just work hard," Fiore said. "It's just in our nature. We're moms so we generally have a job and we come home and have a bigger job with our family."

At the state level, there are 24 women in the Nevada legislature.

That's nearly 40 percent of the total seats.

It's the second-highest percentage among all 50 states.

Fiore says she still sometimes feels like she has to fight harder to be heard because she's a woman.

"You have to take full responsiblity of why they're not listening, and whether they're listening or not, you have to do something different to make them listen, so it is up to us," she said.

Brian Sandoval's term as governor will run out this year. The field is not yet final, but as of right now, there's one woman running to replace him.

Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto and Representatives Dina Titus and Jacky Rosen represent Nevada in Congress.