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State Senate District 6

Control of the Nevada Senate could hang in the balance when voters choose between Republican Victoria Seaman and Democrat Nicole Cannizzaro for the open seat in District 6.

Seaman, a Realtor and one-term Assemblywoman elected in 2014, was one of 10 conservative Republicans in the Assembly who voted against Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $1.5 billion tax plan in 2015 to fund his education agenda.

She supported legislation giving tax breaks to companies that donate to scholarships, and decentralizing the Clark County School District. She also supported education savings accounts allowing parents to take state funding to help pay for tuition at private schools.

A recent Nevada Supreme Court ruling said the state cannot pay for ESAs by taking money designated by lawmakers for public schools, but instead must fund the program separately.

Seaman co-sponsored legislation to combat squatters in vacant homes and to tighten guardianship oversight.

She’s undecided on Question 2 to legalize recreational marijuana and is against Question 1 to expand background checks for gun purchases and transfers.

Cannizzaro, a prosecutor in the Clark County district attorney’s office, said she believes reforms passed by the 2015 Legislature will help improve Nevada’s education system, although they need to be evaluated to see if they work for students. She supports giving parents more input in local schools and administrators more flexibility over budgetary decisions.

She supports expanding alternative education programs, but believes funding public education should be the state’s top priority.

Cannizzaro said Nevada lags in providing mental health and substance abuse treatment, afflictions often tied to crime, and would support expanding such programs.

Cannizzaro supports legalized marijuana for adults provided it is not accessible to children and is adequately regulated. She also favors Question 1 to expand gun background checks.

Contact Sandra Chereb at schereb@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3821. Follow @SandraChereb on Twitter.

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