I was raised in Brooklyn, New York in the East New York Borough. In 1982 upon arriving for active duty I decided then that this community was where I would like to stay and raise my family. I have lived in Las Vegas for the past forty (40) years and raised two children who are lifelong Nevadans. My accomplished children Edina daughter the married mother of four (4), my son Eric who works for Clark County and is a volunteer track coach for Centennial H.S. they both have made the Valley their home, I’m also pleased to say, my son in-law William Flaathen is a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 525. As a proud grandmother of four (4) beautiful, active grandchildren Ayden, William, Madden and Virginia who are the apple of my eye. Honored to be a twenty (20) year, honorably retired United States Air Force military veteran.
During my retirement from USAF, while working two (2) jobs at times, attending school full-time and being a divorced single mom. I earned a master’s degree in public administration; BA in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and an associate degree in Social Services from the College of Southern Nevada, (CSN).
Before my second career retirement, I worked in the District Attorney’s Office as a District/Justice Court Clerk. I also retired as a member in standing at SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Local 1107, of which I was a Union Steward, served on the 2017-2019 Bargaining Team. Appointed to the DA’s Safety Committee as well as, Reclassification Committee. I held elected positions as SEIU 1107 Trustee and Political Action Committee member. I’ve held memberships in several organization of the Democratic party which include, Nevada Assembly Democratic Caucus, Nevada Black Legislative Caucus, NAACP, North Las Vegas Democratic Club, Nevada Democratic Women’s Club, Nevada NOW, AAPI Democratic Club, Federation of Democratic Women, NV Dem Veterans & Military Families Caucus, Hispanic In Politics, past elected to the Nevada State Democratic Party E- Board, the Clark County Central Committee – Elected to the Dispute Resolution Committee. I worked with the Clark County Platform Committee in getting our 2014 Platform Planks ratified during the Clark County Convention. I served on the By-Laws and the Special Audit committees of Clark County Central Committee. As a member and supporter of several Clubs and Associations throughout the Valley there is a common importance of being actively involved politically as well applying services with the concerns and advancement of our diverse community. Elected to the Nevada State Democratic Party E-Board, the Clark County Central Committee – elected to the Dispute Resolution Committee I worked with the Clark County Platform Committee in getting our 2014 Platform Planks ratified during the Clark County Convention. I served on the By-Laws and the Special Audit committees of Clark County Central Committee. As a member and supporter of several Clubs and Associations throughout the Valley of which there is a common interest in the concerns and advancement of our diverse community. During my career I have worked as a supervisor and trainer in several military and civilian positions.
Sharing something about me that no one would know:
I love to laugh out loud. I love to smile inside. I love to love all people especially the “little darlings”, as they want to learn and tell you all YOU don’t know.
I am a voting Democrat in good standing.
Bills Sponsored and Pass into Law
AB119 - Revises provisions relating to the Maternal Mortality Review Committee.
AB343 - Revises provisions governing certain regional transportation commissions. (BDR 17-742)
AB344 - Authorizes the establishment of a program to facilitate transition of the care of older persons and persons with disabilities. (BDR 38-743)
Co-sponsored Bills Passed into Law
Honored to have 37 co-sponsored Bills
I served on the following committees during the 2021-2022 81st Session
Government Affairs Committee
Health and Human Services Committee Legislative
Operations and Elections Committee
2022 Interim I serve on the following committees:
Substance Use Response Working Group (SURG) – Chair sub-committee on Treatment and Recovery Alternate Government Affairs Committee
Alternate Health and Human Services Committee
2022 Committee Appointments
Nevada Commission on Aging
Advisory Board on Maternal and Child Health
Advisory Committee for a Veterans Cemetery in Southern Nevada
Reading about World and U.S. History - since knowing what happened then may influence us now; local and national political issues which are of great interest to me. Education is a high priority in my life, as well as the teachers and education of our students in North Las Vegas. I am dedicated to family, church and have been active in our community with Little League Baseball as a volunteer Mom, supporter, and a Cheer athletic competition supporter. I have been a supporter and participant in the Walk to Fight Suicide in Nevada, SAFENEST "RUN FOR HOPE 5K” against Domestic Violence in our community also volunteered as an advocate for the Rape Crisis Center of Southern Nevada. In my leisure time, I also enjoy reading Mystery novels and watching Classic Noir Films i.e., Charlie Chan, The Thin Man series.
To my fellow neighbors:
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –A.A. Milne
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Radmacher
Thank you for your time in learning about me and I do hope you vote for my re-election as your Assemblywoman for Assembly District 17.
Clara “Claire” Thomas
Hello my fellow neighbors,
My name is Clara (Claire) Thomas, and I am seeking your vote for re-election in Assembly District 17. I am a progressively thinking Democrat, and I am excited to run for re-election and represent my community of beautiful North Las Vegas, Assembly District 17.