"I am running to fight for the kids who get overlooked and don't have a voice in our society.  Whether that be foster children, mental health, sexual abuse, disability, immigration, LGBTQ, Education, and more. I never imagined I would open myself up to public humiliation, but if it prevents other children from going through similar situations, then it will all be worth it."

            ~Joey Afzal

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Candidate Highlights

* Reno Native
       (Born at Washoe Medical Center)
* Donner Party Descendant
       (4th great grandson of Franklin & Elizabeth Graves)
* Native American
       (Registered with the Round Valley Indian Tribe - Pomo Indian)
* South Asian
       (Grandfather was born in Afghanistan, raised in Pakistan)
* Caucasian
      (60% white - I don't look it, but it's true)
* 3 Immigrant Grandparents
       (Afghanistan, Portugal, French Canada)
* LGBTQ
       (Identify as gay)
* Former Foster Child (10 years)
       (Both Nevada State and Washoe County Systems)
* Mental Health Advocate
       (System experience since 5 years of age)
* Current Mental Health Diagnosis
       (ADHD, PTSD, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, & Adjustment Disorder)
* Childhood Sexual Abuse
       (More to come on this)
* Experienced Homelessness
       (Self raised since the age of 14 and many mental health struggles)
* Education
       (Both failed and succeeded in our state education system.  I know where to help.)
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Disabilities
      
(Extensive experience and exposure to many types of disabilities since childhood.)
Lower Middle, Working, and Upper Middle Class Experience
     
(Raised by all middle classes and both borderline poor & elite)
Born to a single mother
     
(My father died when I was 3 months old)

Candidate Representing Northing Nevada
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