Some 1 October survivors and family endorse Kamala Harris for president following 2020 Gun Violence Forum

Kamala Harris at the 2020 Gun Safety Forum

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Following the 2020 Gun Safety Forum in Las Vegas, Kamala Harris is being endorsed by Angelica Cervantes and Li’Shey Johnson. The woman are 1 October survivors and gun violence advocates.

Cervantes lost her oldest son Erick Silva, who was a security guard at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, in 2017 during the 1 October mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“My family was one of many affected in the 1 October shooting,” said Angelica Cervantes, gun violence activist and mom of 1 October victim. “I am supporting Kamala Harris because we need someone with strength and determination to take action. We need a leader like Kamala to implement reforms and protect our community.” 

Johnson was present at the festival and was trampled during the shooting. Now, she’s an advocate for gun violence reform.

“Though it’s been two years since 1 October, not a day goes by that I don’t relive the painful memories of that night,” said Li’Shey Johnson, 1 October survivor. “I am tired of our so-called leaders in Washington failing time and again to do something about the gun violence epidemic plaguing our communities. Kamala Harris is the only candidate with the courage to stand up and do something about it. That’s why I’m proud to endorse her for president — because we need a fighter in the White House who will put our safety first.”

The latest endorsements bring Harris’ Nevada endorsements to 41, and making her the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate with the most endorsements from the Silver State. 

Nevadans who have previously endorsed Kamala Harris:

  • State Sen. Pat Spearman
  • State Sen. Joyce Woodhouse
  • State Sen. Melanie Scheible
  • Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui
  • Washoe County Recorder Kalie Work
  • Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones
  • Las Vegas City Councilman Brian Knudsen
  • Gerri Schroder, former Henderson City councilwoman
  • Helen Foley, former Nevada State Senator
  • Michon Martin, President of R&R Partners and former Deputy District Attorney in San Francisco
  • Francisco Aguilar, Las Vegas attorney and entrepreneur
  • Nancy Ayala, Las Vegas attorney
  • Brian Ayala, Las Vegas small business owner
  • Atiya Boddie, Las Vegas attorney and Emerge Nevada alumna
  • Blake Boles, Army combat veteran
  • Alex Dixon, former president of the Las Vegas Urban League Young Professionals
  • Tanya Flanagan, African-American community leader and fellow Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. sister 
  • Rev. Leonard Jackson, African-American community leader
  • LeVerne Kelly, African-American community leader and member of Links Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 
  • Bryce Krausman, small business owner
  • Kurt Kuznicki, conservationist and public lands advocate
  • Jennifer López, community advocate
  • Joanie Lung, APIA community leader and small business owner
  • Rose McKinney James, clean energy leader
  • Chris Miller, former chairman of the Clark County Democratic Party
  • Lesley Miller, former board member of Nevadans for Background Checks
  • Stephanie Pizzoferrato, public school teacher and gun violence survivor
  • Bishop Bonnie Radden, faith leader
  • Eddie Ramos, President of Club Migrantes de Uruapan and Vice President of Fuerza Inmigrante (formerly COPAN)
  • Jose Rosas, President of Federación de Poblanos en Las Vegas 
  • Areli Sanchez, Latinx community activist
  • Sanje Sedera, founder and former president of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus
  • Janet Serial, chair of the Black Caucus of Washoe County and fellow Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. sister
  • Andrew Sierra, former College of Southern Nevada student body president
  • Larry Smith, founder and CEO of GFive Cultivation in Las Vegas
  • Carissa Snedeker, former first vice chair of the Democratic Party of Washoe County
  • Al B Sure, R&B singer and songwriter
  • Nelly Tobon, Latinx community activist

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