ACHIEVEMENTS: She was elected as Nevada delegate for the Democratic National Convention in 2012 as well as Nevada State Democratic Party second vice chairwoman in March.
THE TRAIL AHEAD: The longtime therapist, who works with victims of violent crime and suicide survivors, just began a six-month training program for Emerge Nevada, which grooms Democratic women for political office. “I’d say I’m realistically thinking about [running] in 2015.” She is also volunteering on Erin Bilbray’s congressional campaign, and plans to expand her counseling scope to include life coaching.
MOTIVATION: “You only get one life, and it’s getting shorter all the time. I want to be one of those little old ladies who the devil looks at everyday and says, ‘Oh damn, she’s awake!’ I have a bucket list that has to be about 100 pages long.”
POTENTIAL IMPACT: “There’s no question that she’s incredibly hard-working and dedicated, but people look at her as having so much integrity, too,” Bilbray says. “She’s someone who you know is going to get the job done, and get it done well.”
EARLY RÉSUMÉ: She taught English, sociology and dance at Basic High School in Henderson for 15 years before leaving in 1993.
PRESIDENTIAL CONNECTIONS: Cavazos ramped up her political activism after hearing then-Senator Barack Obama speak at Silverado High School in 2007. She attended both of President Obama’s inaugurations. And she got some face time with the president in 2010 to honor her canvassing efforts.