Nevada Mayor John Lee: Why I'm leaving the Democratic Party

Like every Nevadan, I grew up in awe of the American experiment.  As children, we looked up to the flag and were proud of what it symbolized and what it stood for – freedom, opportunity and promise. Back then, we knew both parties – despite their political differences – shared the same values.    

Like so many other Nevadans, I registered with the Democratic Party because Democrats seemed to be the party of the working class.  As a dishwasher who joined the Culinary Union, that’s what was – and still is – important to me.   

But like President Ronald Reagan and President Donald Trump, I’ve seen firsthand how the Democrat Party has changed – radically, and not for the better. They’ve embraced a socialist, extremist agenda that is not the party of JFK, or of my parents. Their ideas hurt working-class families, restrict freedom and extinguish opportunity for millions of Americans – particularly working-class minorities who deserve the chance to give their families a better life.    

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As the Democratic mayor of North Las Vegas, I have the great privilege of leading our city, both in times of prosperity and through incredibly trying times, much like we’ve seen this past year. We Nevadans, and we Americans, are resilient.

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