By Bert Eljera
LAS VEGAS – A Fil-Am candidate has picked up a key endorsement, tremendously boosting her bid for a fourth term as District Court Judge.
Judge Cheryl Moss has won the endorsement of the politically strong Clark Country Firefighters Union Local 1908, which nearly a 1,000 members, and covers a city of nearly 12 million residents and 40 million annual visitors.
“After taking the time to carefully weigh the qualifications and responses (during the interviews), we are pleased to inform you of our endorsement,” Ryan Beaman, the firefighters’ union president wrote Moss.
It was the second major endorsement for Moss from a safety officers group. The Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers – CWA Local 9110, AFL-CIO has also thrown its support.
The endorsement is key because it involves help on the ground during election day and on the campaign period for the candidates.
Unions provide support in terms of getting voters to the polling booths through phone banks, providing transportation and campaign materials.
“This is a tremendous help to our campaign,” said Moss, whose parents were both Filipino doctors. ” We’re getting the support from all walks of life and from various segments of the community.
In a well-attended fund-raiser at the Aloha Kitchen Thursday night, Moss received additional pledges of support, including from fellow candidates from various offices in the June primaries.
Two other Fil-Ams are seeking elective offices in a display of growing political power in Las Vegas, amid increasing evidence that the community is surging in numbers.
The two others are running for a seat in the Nevada Senate and in the Assembly, both from the same district with heavy Fil-Am populations.
Ron Quilang, a Republican, is seeking the post in the Nevada Senate representing District 9. Joe Tinio, a Democrat, is running for a seat in the Nevada Assembly, also from District 9.
Working mostly in the casinos, hospital, nursing homes, and department stores, Filipinos and Filipino-American are the largest Asian group in Las Vegas and Nevada.