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July 29, 2014

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Can former gang member Lucy Flores become the new face of the Democratic Party?

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Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

Lucy Flores smiles as she announces her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the College of Southern Nevada’s Cheyenne campus.

Being in a Las Vegas street gang and having an abortion usually aren't things you want on your resume, but don’t tell that to Lucy Flores. The Nevada state assemblywoman did both during her misspent youth in a low-income, predominately Hispanic neighborhood in the shadow of the Las Vegas Strip. By age 17, Flores had dropped out of high school and been arrested for driving a stolen car on a beer run, but after a stint in juvenile detention, she turned things around. She attended college and law school and got elected to public office. Now she is running for lieutenant governor of Nevada as the most interesting candidate in the most important race that you have never heard of.

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