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Nevada state senator set to speak on second night of DNC

Posted at 6:03 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 21:10:56-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada State Senate District 10, which includes the Las Vegas strip, is where politics began for State Senator Yvanna Cancela.

Now, her work is getting attention on a national level.

Tuesday will be an important day in state senator Yvanna Cancela. She will be one of 17 "Rising stars" keynote speakers at the democratic national convention.

"I'm so honored to be part of a group of leaders that are doing incredible work all across the county and to get to represent Nevada is going to be something special for the rest of my life," she said.

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It's a position that years ago, she could not have imagined.

"It was not something I even dreamed about to be an elected official, but when Trump became president, it was clear to me that the things that I spent my career fighting for, workers' rights, immigrants right, high-quality affordable healthcare, and I had an opportunity to put my name there to be appointed to the state senate."

Cancela says she would like to see more local Latinas in positions of power.

"The door that was open for me has to be torn up its hinges for the next generations, I want to see more Latinas in office, I want to see more Latinas in business, I want to see more Latinas graduating from our higher education institutions."

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And as for that vision, some say Cancela is paving a path there with her speech at the DNC
State Senator Yvanna Cancela is a recent graduate of the UNLV law School.

As for her political future, she's currently participating in Joe Biden's campaign and taking one day at a time.