TWO Filipina Americans vying for elected positions in Southern Nevada are heading to the general election in November.
Erica Mosca, an educator, non-profit leader and social justice advocate, won the Democratic primary for Nevada’s 14th Assembly District on Tuesday, June 14.
As of this writing on Thursday, June 16, Mosca garnered 76.39% of the vote, according to results from the Nevada Secretary of State.
District 14 covers a portion of Las Vegas in Clark County.
“Thank you to everyone for your incredible support. We are proud to have won the primary election with 75% of the vote as a collective: thank you to all volunteers, donors and supporters who made this #AD14 win possible. WE’RE READY FOR THE GENERAL!” Mosca wrote on Twitter.
Mosca, who is the daughter of a Filipino immigrant and a first-generation college graduate, started the non-profit organization “Leaders in Training,” which empowers students who are the first in their families to graduate from college.
Meanwhile, prosecutor Agnes Montebon Botelho will head to the general election in November for the Department 16 seat in the Las Vegas Justice of Peace. She secured 23% of the vote against Nadia Wood, chief deputy public defender, who got 49.17%.
The nonpartisan position is a six-year term.
Born in the Philippines, Botelho has lived in Las Vegas for 24 years. Botelho has served as a chief deputy district attorney for Clark County. She is a graduate of UNLV’s Boyd Law School.
“I believe in this cause more now than I did when I first filed for office. Our community deserves a judge that cares not just about a defendant’s rights but also about victims and our community’s safety,” Botelho wrote in a Facebook post. n