Sisolak taps Elko Band Council member for 2020 Census committee
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak recently announced the 10 members of Nevada’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census, one of whom is a Native American — Davis Gonzalez, vice chairman of the Elko Band Council of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone.
On April 1, Sisolak signed an executive order to establish the committee, which will oversee all outreach and coordination among public and private sector organizations in the state to encourage Nevadans to participate in the 2020 census, especially Nevadans from traditionally undercounted communities.
“I’d like to thank these 10 Nevadans who have made the commitment to ensuring that every resident of our state is counted in the 2020 Census,” Gov. Sisolak said. “At stake this census are hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding and fair and equitable representation in Congress and the state legislature for the next decade. I’m confident that this committee is prepared to undertake the important work of making sure every Nevadan is counted.”
The 10 committee members are as follows:
• Lt. Governor Kate Marshall (Chair)
• Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske
• Senate Minority Leader James Settelmeyer (Senate District-17)
• Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui (Assembly District 41), Chair of Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections
• Sparks City Councilman Kristopher Dahir, Ward 5
• Emily Zamora, executive director, Silver State Voices
• Nicole Lamboley, former chief deputy secretary of state who led the 2010 Census outreach effort for the Office of the Secretary of State
• Vice-Chairman Davis Gonzalez, Elko Band Council
• Reverend Dr. Ralph E. Williamson, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Las Vegas
• Dagny Stapleton, executive director, Nevada Association of Counties
Complete Count Committees are volunteer committees established by tribal, state, and local governments and community leaders or organizations to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census.
The committee is funded through a $5 million allocation in Gov. Sisolak’s executive budget.
AB264 was just one of eight Tribal-related bills that have either been signed into law this session, or were adopted by the Legislature and await Sisolak’s approval, highlighting one of the most successful legislative sessions in the history of Nevada in terms of Native American affairs.