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Maricar "Rica" Andrade
for District Court Judge
VOTE NOW during the primary election.
If you live in Clark County, Nevada
(zip codes 89004 - 89195), voting is through
an all-mail election. Must be 18 or over and a US citizen.
It's easy to vote.
1) Check your mailbox for your ballot.
If you are already registered to vote,
you will automatically receive a ballot
by May 18th.
2) Look at the back side of the ballot
under District Court Judge,
Family Division, Department Y.
3) Fill in the bubble next to Andrade,
Maricar "Rica". Use blue or black ink.
4) Sign the envelope.
Check your signature on your driver's license.
5) Mail your ballot back no later than June 9.
You won't even need a stamp. You're all done!
I went to law school so that I can help people with their divorce and custody matters. Immediately after finishing law school and passing the Nevada State Bar exam, I opened up my own law firm with my husband who is also an attorney. For over a decade, we have dedicated our practice solely to family law cases. Our firm, Andrade Law, LLC, is located in Henderson.
On top of my attorney work, I have actual judicial experience in Family Court. In 2014, I was appointed to be a Pro Tem Hearing Master. Over the last six years, I've presided over thousands of cases involving requests for domestic violence protection orders. This real experience on the bench, along with 12 years of representing clients in divorce, custody/visitation, paternity, child support, and name changes matters will make me a phenomenal Family Court Judge for Department Y.
More about me:
Rica's family immigrated to the United States when she was six years old. She was the youngest of five children, raised in a neighborhood filled with gangs, drugs, violence, and poverty. Throughout her life, Rica attended public schools. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a minor in Asian American Studies from UCLA. She then became an educator and taught elementary school for 7 years.
In 2003, Rica purchased a house in Las Vegas. She's been a resident of Clark County for 17 years. Ms. Andrade earned her Juris Doctor degree from UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law--Nevada's only law school.
Ms. Andrade is dedicated to improving our community. In 2010, she co-founded a nonprofit organization called Bamboo Bridges whose mission is to bring culturally-relevant services to Asian Pacific American women and their families. Bamboo Bridges provides domestic violence/sexual assault advocacy services, holds a high school leadership symposium every year, and engages in coalition building. Through this nonprofit, Ms. Andrade has been instrumental in connecting people to appropriate resources.
Nevada is my home. I was destined to be here. I love Las Vegas and its surrounding areas for many reasons but mostly because of its rich diversity. UNLV is tied for first place as the most ethnically diverse university in the nation. Unfortunately, there are still many positions of power and authority where different perspectives are lacking; this includes family court. Nevada is a state where a majority of its people are minorities. However, out of 20 family court judges (Departments A-T), only two are people of color. For this election, there are now 6 newly added positions for judicial seats in Family Court--Departments U, V, W, X, Y, and Z. I have chosen to run in Department Y. I have two opponents for this department, so I need your vote.
"Diversity is not one in the room. Diversity is not two in the room. Diversity is not three in the room. True diversity is half the room"
-Ava DuVernay, director, writer, producer.
I am trilingual: I speak English, Spanish, and Tagalog. I have three children who have multi-ethnic and multi-racial backgrounds: Asian, Filipino, white, Mexican, and Ecuadorian. My daughters are 12 and 14 years old, and my son is a sophomore at UNLV. I know that culture and upbringing shapes families. We need people on the bench who are culturally competent and truly aware of adversity and struggles. We cannot afford to have a court system that caters to the rich. We need judges who inspire the people, not further alienate them from the court system. I am the right woman to become Judge for Department Y.
I bring experience, skills, diversity, and a sense of community into our court system. When more than half the people that come into family court do not have the money to pay for attorneys and do not have attorneys representing them, you want a judge who will be patient, fair, professional, unbiased, and understanding. Choose me. I'm the judge you want.
©2020 by Maricar "Rica" Andrade
Andrade Law, LLC (702) 468-9591