(Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Reno nurse and newspaper columnist Ellie Lopez-Bowlan announced today her candidacy for state Assembly District 26. The seat is being vacated by GOP Assemblyman Ty Cobb, who has announced he is running for an open seat in the state Senate.
Lopez-Bowlan holds a master’s of science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and she currently serves as a nurse practitioner in Reno. She has provided cancer screening in minority communities and has conducted free physicals in schools for underprivileged children. She also writes a column for the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Lopez-Bowlan has been in a leader in Republican politics, helping to develop coalitions on behalf of various candidates and serving as president of the Mt. Rose Republican Women.
“Public service has always been an important part of my life,” Lopez-Bowlan said. “As of now, the bulk of that service has come from volunteering for various causes. Now, in adding to my ongoing volunteer efforts, I would like to represent the residents of Assembly District 26.”
Lopez-Bowlan said her campaign will develop an effective grassroots organization, raise the money needed to get her message out to voters and work to earn each vote.
“Many Nevadans are frustrated,” she said. “I am, too. Struggling families fear higher, job-killing taxes. We simply cannot continue growing government at a time when our unemployment numbers keep getting worse. We should not create or grow a single government program in Nevada until our economy rebounds and people get back to work.”
Lopez-Bowlan was appointed earlier this year to the National Museum of the American Latino Commission. She has also served on numerous organizations, including the State Board of Nursing, the Nevada Academy of Health and the Governor’s Maternal and Child Health Advisory Board.