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Aaron Ford: Justice Reform A Top Priority In AG Race

When Nevada's Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt announced he was running for governor, it opened a window for Democrats to reclaim the office. This year that Dem is State Senator and Majority Leader Aaron Ford. As part of our ongoing coverage of the 2018 midterms, KUNR's Paul Boger sat down with Ford to discuss how he sees the position changing if he were elected.

"I'm running because it's time for Nevadans to have an attorney general who will always put our families first. I think we have seen in the last few years that this office has been run an ideology and a narrow agenda that is not in line with what Nevada families need or want, so I'm running to give Nevada families what they deserve."

The attorney general also serves as the state's top law enforcement official. Ford says that the position would be useful in bridging some of the divides between police and communities of color.

"I think in knowing that we have someone in the attorney general's office who has unabashedly stated that he is interested in criminal justice reform in a way that allows people who have been incarcerated to reintegrate back into society," Ford said, "to earn the dignity of employment, to earn the dignity of housing and the ability to be educated and to become active social agents in society as opposed to a charge on society. [It] would go a long way to demonstrate to communities of color that a new day has arrived."

KUNR also spoke to Ford's opponent, Republican Wes Duncan. You can hear that interview here.

Paul Boger is a former reporter at KUNR Public Radio.
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