Nelson Araujo

Secretary of State, District 3

Game Changer

Nelson will be the first openly LGBTQ person elected statewide in Nevada


Nelson Araujo is a proud native Nevadan. Born to immigrant parents who migrated from El Salvador to the United States in the 1980’s, Nelson was raised in a single parent household. Nelson’s source of inspiration, his mother, worked day in and day out as a union housekeeper and raised her children to dream big and to overcome any and all obstacles placed in front of them. As a result, he became the first in his immediate family to graduate high school, earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. In 2014, Nelson had a unique opportunity to give back to his community and ran for the Nevada State Legislature. During his first term in the Nevada Assembly, he was instrumental in defeating Assembly Bill 375, a discriminatory anti-trans bathroom bill. Nelson was re-elected in 2016, and soon after appointed to serve as Assistant Majority Leader. During his second term, Nelson had eight of his bills – all with bipartisan support – signed into law. One of those bills included Assembly Bill 99, which added significant protections for LGBTQ youth in foster care. He was also the author of a constitutional amendment that would replace language in Nevada’s Constitution that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman with language that recognizes all marriages, regardless of gender. Nelson is currently a part-time instructor at Nevada State College.

Importance of Candidacy:

  • Nelson will be the first openly LGBTQ person elected statewide in Nevada
  • Nelson will be the second openly LGBTQ person elected Secretary of State in the U.S.


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