(Chuck Muth) – In a column titled “How Hispanic voters’ growing political power in Nevada could offer hope to the GOP,” CNN’s John King highlighted our own school choice champ Valeria Gurr…
Valeria Gurr is the face of the new competition here.
She was a Democrat who worked for the teachers’ union. Now, Gurr is a registered Republican who turns questions about immigration or the economy back to the issue she says will decide her vote for just about any office.
“I will vote for the candidate that supports my views on school choice,” Gurr said in an interview at her home in Henderson, a Vegas suburb.
It is a view shaped by her immigrant experience.
“I had only $600 and hope,” Gurr said of when she arrived from Chile in 2007. “Without education, my career was going to be working in a labor job.”
Now, she is working on a doctorate degree in public policy and is an activist for school choice. She drives her 6-year-old son across town to a private school because she sees the local public schools as a dead end.
“It breaks me every time I see kids and moms that just want to provide for their kids and their only way out of poverty is with quality education,” Gurr said. “If you live in a low-income area, you have to send your kids to failing public schools.”
In 2020, her single-issue test led her to vote for Trump, with reservations.
“I did not vote for him because he was the perfect candidate,” Gurr said. “I voted for him because he supported educational choice.”
She said Trump’s record as president on the issue was disappointing. She also said she would welcome a change of heart from the Biden administration – which has prioritized investment in public schools – but believes most Democrats are afraid to anger teachers’ unions.
So she is hoping Republicans make a new choice.
“I like Ron DeSantis simply because of what he has done in Florida,” Gurr said of the Sunshine State governor. “I personally would love to see (former South Carolina Gov.) Nikki Haley – to have another mom in the White House who supports school choice.”
Laughter is Still the Best Medicine
A farmer saw a plane full of politicians crash near his farm. When the police arrived, they asked the farmer what happened. He said, “They crashed near my farm, so I buried all of them.”
One of the police officers asked with shock, “Are you sure they were all dead?” The farmer replied, “Some of them were screaming, ‘We’re still alive.’ But I didn’t believe them. You know how these politicians lie.”
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Mr. Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, publisher of Nevada News & Views, and founder of CampaignDoctor.com. You can sign up for his conservative, Nevada-focused e-newsletter at MuthsTruths.com. His views are his own.