Born and raised in the Historic Westside of Las Vegas, William McCurdy II began his political career well before he was first elected to the Nevada State Legislature in 2016.
His first elected office was that of Student Body President at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), a fact that is and of itself is remarkable given his story. As he himself says, “I was on my way to becoming just another statistic. High school dropout, teenage parent working to get by, trying support my sons. Things could have been very different for me had I not changed the choices I was making—and if I didn’t have the support of our community.”
But his story did change, William went back and got his high school diploma and then went on to become CSN’s Student Body President in 2014 where he was recognized by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee with the President’s Award. As Student Body President, he fought against tuition increases, supported legislation for the state’s first need-based aid program, bused students to Carson City to lobby before the Legislature, developed the “Be Heard” campaign to promote student resources and connect student leaders with their classmates, and oversaw the distribution of dozens of college scholarships.
After earning an Associate of Arts degree at CSN, and eager to work hard and join the fight for equality, William worked in the construction industry and became one of the youngest supervisors on the Encore and City Center job sites. He then joined SEIU Local 1107 and became an organizer for our health care professionals, nurses, and home care workers. He went on to be the Political Director for SEIU Local 1107, working with elected officials daily for the second largest union for workers in Nevada.