State Senate District 21: Orenschall faces challenge from April Larsen
A Republican challenger running for the state Senate hopes to see more accountability and less spending from the Legislature.
April Larsen is running for State Senate District 21, challenging James Ohrenschall, the incumbent Democrat. The district covers the eastern Las Vegas Valley from Sunrise Manor to Henderson.
Ohrenschall, if re-elected, hopes to review legislation banning the death penalty. He would also like Sunrise Mountain to be declared a National Conservation Area.
Ohrenschall, who works as a public defender for minors in family court, said a lot of money was being spent on improving school safety mechanisms, but he said there should be more attention to services for students and families.
“Especially from what I’ve seen in juvenile court, there’s a lot we can do to try to keep children out of the criminal justice system,” he said. “I think we need to have penalties where it’s violent crimes, but smarter penalties for non-violent crimes, like diversion programs.”
Larsen, who owns Larsen’s Steakhouse in California with her husband, said she wants to approach spending in Nevada as a well-run business. Flemming Larsen is running for Assembly District 12, which overlaps with the district April Larsen hopes to represent.
“I understand the financial responsibility of being a businesswoman,” she said. “I can relate firsthand as a single parent raising children. I overcame these challenges and would really like to make sure the state allows for this economic empowerment, for mothers and for anyone looking for a better financial future. I want to work to increase the responsibility of our taxes.
Larsen said the Clark County School District’s new camera system could have been installed by a cheaper company if the district had opened the auction.
“We spend millions of dollars on a camera system that goes beyond what would look professional,” she said. “From a business perspective, I want better accountability for where funds go.”
The money for the cameras was allocated last summer after a series of fights at local schools, including the attempted murder of a teacher who was allegedly raped by a pupil.