William McCurdy II

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William McCurdy II
Member of the Clark County Commission
from District D
Assumed office
January 4, 2021
Preceded byLawrence Weekly
Chair of the Nevada Democratic Party
In office
March 4, 2017 – March 6, 2021
Preceded byRoberta Lange
Succeeded byJudith Whitmer
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 6th district
In office
November 9, 2016 – November 4, 2020
Preceded byHarvey Munford
Succeeded byShondra Summers-Armstrong
Personal details
Born
William O'Neil McCurdy II

(1988-04-16) April 16, 1988 (age 33)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationCollege of Southern Nevada (AA)
University of Nevada Las Vegas

William O'Neil McCurdy II (born April 16, 1988) is an American politician serving as a member of the Clark County Commission from District D. He was previously a member of the Nevada Assembly from 2016 to 2020 and chair of the Nevada Democratic Party from 2017 to 2021.

Early life and education[edit]

McCurdy was born in Las Vegas and raised in Vegas Heights. After having a child in high school, McCurdy dropped out and became a construction worker to be able to provide for his family. At the age of 24, McCurdy earned his associate's degree from the College of Southern Nevada, where he later became student body president. McCurdy is taking courses at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas toward a Bachelor of Science in urban studies.[1][2]

Career[edit]

After finding success in leadership in the field of construction, rising to the role of foreman on a large construction job on the Las Vegas Strip.

McCurdy was elected to the Nevada Assembly in 2016, prevailing in a four-way Democratic primary and defeating Republican general election opponent Carlo Maffatt in a landslide.[3] McCurdy announced his bid for the Clark County Commission in August 2019.[4]

McCurdy was elected chair of the Nevada Democratic Party on March 4, 2017. He was the party's first black chair and its youngest, at the age of 28, when elected.[5][6][7]

He currently serves on the board of advisors of Let America Vote, an organization founded by former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander that aims to end voter suppression.[8] McCurdy was a political director of the Service Employees International Union.

Personal life[edit]

McCurdy has two children.[1]

Political positions[edit]

McCurdy supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

Nevada Assembly District 6 Democratic primary, 2016[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William McCurdy II 1,728 62.11
Democratic Macon Jackson 487 17.51
Democratic Valencia Burch 411 14.77
Democratic Arrick "Kerm" Foster 156 5.61
Total votes 2,782 100.00
Nevada Assembly District 6 election, 2016[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William McCurdy II 12,227 87.23
Republican Carlo Maffatt 1,790 12.77
Total votes 14,017 100.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "William McCurdy II's Biography". Project VoteSmart. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  2. ^ Kudialis, Chris (April 14, 2016). "After overcoming poverty and gangs, Las Vegas politician sets sights on state office". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Messerly, Megan (January 20, 2017). "Freshman Orientation: Meet Democratic Assemblyman William McCurdy II". The Nevada Independent. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "William McCurdy II, head of Democratic Party and Assembly member, announces bid for Clark County Commission". thenevadaindependent.com.
  5. ^ "William McCurdy II Elected Chair of the State Democratic Party". Nevada Democratic Party. March 4, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Lacanlale, Rio (March 4, 2017). "Nevada Democrats elect William McCurdy II as party chair". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Nevada Democratic Party Picks McCurdy as New Chairperson". U.S. News & World Report. March 5, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "Advisors". Let America Vote. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "NV State Assembly 06 – D Primary 2016". Our Campaigns. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  10. ^ "NV State Assembly 06 2016". Our Campaigns. Retrieved November 18, 2017.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Roberta Lange
Chair of the Nevada Democratic Party
2017–2021
Succeeded by
Judith Whitmer
Political offices
Preceded by
Lawrence Weekly
Member of the Clark County Commission
from District D

2021–present
Incumbent