Susan Brager can’t seem to stay away from politics.
Clark County’s three-term commissioner is the most recognizable name of the five candidates vying for the Nevada Board of Regents in District 7.
The incumbent, Dr. Mark Doubrava, is not eligible to run due to term limits.
Brager, 75, faced term limits at the county commission in 2019 when she had to step down after 12 years in office, but indicated at the time that she could run for the Board of Regents.
“I love serving and I think it would be a full cycle for me as I would go back to school,” Brager said recently. “I will bring integrity and a proven track record of being there and listening to people’s needs.”
Brager said she loves education, having served on the Clark County School District Board of Trustees between 1995 and 2006. She was involved in the hiring of three superintendents during her tenure.
The next District 7 regent will likely play a role in finding a new chancellor for Nevada’s higher education system. Former Chancellor Melody Rose resigned earlier this year after a stormy tenure during which she claimed to have been the victim of a hostile working environment created by the Board of Regents.
An inquest found insufficient evidence to support his claims, but the Regents voted to pay him $610,000 in severance pay.
Brager said the board seems to be “very fractured,” but she sees herself as a consensus builder who is used to bringing people together.
Unlike Brager’s long career in public service, political newcomer Hieu Le has entered the race with the aim of becoming a student-friendly regent.
Le, 25, a lifelong Nevadan, graduated from UNLV during the pandemic in 2020 and is currently working on his master’s degree in public administration at the university.
“I am not a politician,” he said. “I have always been a student and I always will be. We must put students first for every issue. Not politics.
The wants to improve communications between students by integrating Discord, an instant messaging and digital distribution platform, into the university system.
While in college, Le worked for the Nevada Legislature, the Clark County Elections Department, and the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Le said he wanted to bring more diverse leadership to the university system and make college more affordable.
David “Coach” Crete
At the other end of the political spectrum, real estate broker David “Coach” Crete, said he would bring conservative thinking to the classroom and the Board of Regents.
“We need to broaden the conversation to include all opinions, not just progressive opinions,” he said.
Crete, 57, said he earned his nickname working as a volunteer football coach, specializing in defense, at several local high schools, including Gorman, for 26 years. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Crete hopes to bring stability to the leadership of the university system, which has seen a revolving door of chancellors in recent years.
“We need to take an inside look at the hiring process and what we’re doing wrong,” he said.
He also wants to improve the education system to attract more businesses to Nevada and diversify the economy.
“We know education is part of the answer,” he said.
Dr. Aury Nagy
Dr. Aury Nagy brings credentials as a leading neurosurgeon in the race.
Nagy, 50, a Yale University graduate who grew up in Las Vegas, is the managing partner of Nevada Brain & Spine Care.
He is vice chairman of the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners, which oversees doctors in the state.
Nagy also served as chair of the department of neurosurgery at the taxpayer-funded University Medical Center between 2018 and 2020.
The Board of Regents, which oversees two medical schools and several medical professional schools, needs a doctor in its ranks, Nagy said.
“Without having someone on the board who understands how to improve these institutions, it’s difficult to understand what is needed to improve health care in Nevada,” he said.
He also wants to work on improving the board’s transparency and financial accountability following allegations about Rose’s short tenure as chancellor.
“I don’t know what prompted the parties to take the actions they did, but I think it’s unfortunate that the outcome of these actions caused substantial losses to the university system,” he said. declared.
Mr. J. Lier
Rounding out the list of District 7 contenders is Las Vegas publicist MJ Ivy, who runs Ivy’s communications group.
Ivy, 50, an ordained minister since 2001, is a pastor at Kinship Community Church.
He said he decided to run for regent to bring greater minority representation to the board and improve communications, accountability and transparency within the university system.
“I’m used to working with diverse groups of people,” he said. “I can bring civility to the board.”
Ivy, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, said he was a member of the Clark County School District’s Diversity Task Force.
On his campaign website, he says he will promote system-wide policies that “target discrimination and eradicate racism and sexism.”
He hopes to bring caring leadership to the board that “reflects the changing landscape of the society in which we live.”
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