My Story

People often ask me “why are you running for office?” Here is my story. Want to know my resume? Click here or scroll down for just the facts.

Tanya Flanagans story: I’m the youngest of three. My father was a union Laborer and Carpenter and my mother was a stay at home mom who later worked in banking as I got older. She died of cancer when I was 29. Her story, and my own battle with cancer, are what led me into healthcare advocacy, and what drives me to run for office. 

When I was 8, we lived in Arizona. My brother was 16, and he got a summer job at a community theater through the Urban League. My mom didn’t have anyone to look out for me, so she told him he had to take me. I spent the whole summer in that theater. It was amazing, even at 8. Not only did it give kids a safe place and expose them to arts and culture, it gave my brother and other kids a chance to earn money doing something positive. 

When I was first working for the county commission here in Clark County, one day this lady came in. Her name was Jacqulyn Shropshire. There was no Urban League in Las Vegas, and she was looking for help to start one up. 

I remember thinking, “That’s what I did with my big brother.” I asked if I could help? I was invited to the inaugural board of directors and asked to set up a Young Professionals Chapter to do community engagement. I built a program that became a national model for service. 

I had been struggling with breast cancer quietly, like so many people, working and continuing my service with the Urban League Young Professionals. One day, things changed.

I had organized a big event, bringing together 75 young women to meet with women leaders – CEOs, government and non-profit leaders. I hadn’t told anyone there what I was going through. I was wearing a wig and a suit and between that and the chemo drugs, I overheated. Finally, I couldn’t take it. I had to take off my coat and sit down. I was fanning myself and feeling like I would pass out. And I finally told people why.

That was a turning point for me. As soon as I had the courage to share, it became my testimony. It gave other people around me the courage to talk about what they were going through. I got involved in women’s health as an advocate, eventually becoming the President of the Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen, Nevada. 

My cancer led me to healthcare advocacy. I talk to people every day about what they’re going through. My story is their story. And if you talk to people long enough, it always comes back to health.

I talk to people who drive seven hours to LA to get treatment because they don’t have faith in the hospitals here. Or people who can’t get the tests they need because they need a referral then it takes weeks to see a specialist. People who have blood disorders or need help with pain management but don’t know where to find a doctor in our community.

I talk to young women who have questions about sexuality but can’t talk to their parents and don’t have a trusted adult. I talk to LGBTQ kids who are living on the streets with no access to care at all.

And when I look around the district, I see so many women and kids suffering because we aren’t creating healthy spaces.

Our district—and our county—could lead the state and the country, but we need to invest in our people—especially in women.

My whole career, I’ve brought people together to find common ground and get things done.

I can do that as a County Commissioner. 

But it’s not just that I can get things done, it’s what I’ll get done and how.

I want to bring my experience, and the experiences I’ve heard from so many other women. Women’s voices and women’s issues need to be heard and reflected in county policy. If you trust me with your vote, I will open a door for your voice. Together, we can share our stories, find the courage to help one another, and create solutions that help everyone in our district thrive.

Tanya Flanagans story is like so many others. Please consider donating to her campaign if her story speaks to you.

Tanya Flanagan as a child.
Family portrait of Tanya Flanagan and her family
Tanya Flanagan speaking at the Commissioner's breast cancer awareness event
Tanya Flanagan at a breast cancer awareness race day
Tanya Flanagan posing with sheriff and a check for Susan G. Komen Foundation
Tanya Flanagan in a healthcare office
People often ask me “why are you running for office?” Here is my story. Want to know my resume? Click here or scroll down for just the facts.
Tanya Flanagan as a child.

Tanya Flanagans story: I’m the youngest of three. My father was a union Laborer and Carpenter and my mother was a stay at home mom who later worked in banking as I got older. She died of cancer when I was 29. Her story, and my own battle with cancer, are what led me into healthcare advocacy, and what drives me to run for office. 

When I was 8, we lived in Arizona. My brother was 16, and he got a summer job at a community theater through the Urban League. My mom didn’t have anyone to look out for me, so she told him he had to take me. I spent the whole summer in that theater. It was amazing, even at 8. Not only did it give kids a safe place and expose them to arts and culture, it gave my brother and other kids a chance to earn money doing something positive. 

Family portrait of Tanya Flanagan and her family

When I was first working for the county commission here in Clark County, one day this lady came in. Her name was Jacqulyn Shropshire. There was no Urban League in Las Vegas, and she was looking for help to start one up. 

I remember thinking, “That’s what I did with my big brother.” I asked if I could help? I was invited to the inaugural board of directors and asked to set up a Young Professionals Chapter to do community engagement. I built a program that became a national model for service. 

I had been struggling with breast cancer quietly, like so many people, working and continuing my service with the Urban League Young Professionals. One day, things changed.

I had organized a big event, bringing together 75 young women to meet with women leaders – CEOs, government and non-profit leaders. I hadn’t told anyone there what I was going through. I was wearing a wig and a suit and between that and the chemo drugs, I overheated. Finally, I couldn’t take it. I had to take off my coat and sit down. I was fanning myself and feeling like I would pass out. And I finally told people why.

Tanya Flanagan speaking at the Commissioner's breast cancer awareness event

That was a turning point for me. As soon as I had the courage to share, it became my testimony. It gave other people around me courage to talk about what they were going through. I got involved in women’s health as an advocate, eventually becoming the President of the Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen, Nevada. 

My cancer led me to healthcare advocacy. I talk to people every day about what they’re going through. And if you talk to people long enough, it always comes back to health.

I talk to people who drive seven hours to LA to get treatment because they don’t have faith in the hospitals here. Or people who can’t get the tests they need because they need a referral then it takes weeks to see a specialist. People who have blood disorders or need help with pain management but don’t know where to find a doctor in our community.

Tanya Flanagan at a breast cancer awareness race day

I talk to young women who have questions about sexuality but can’t talk to their parents and don’t have a trusted adult. I talk to LGBTQ kids who are living on the streets with no access to care at all.

And when I look around the district, I see so many women and kids suffering because we aren’t creating healthy spaces.

Our district—and our county—could lead the state and the country, but we need to invest in our people—especially in women.

My whole career, I’ve brought people together to find common ground and get things done.

Tanya Flanagan posing with sheriff and a check for Susan G. Komen Foundation

I can do that as a County Commissioner. 

But it’s not just that I can get things done, it’s what I’ll get done and how.

I want to bring my experience, and the experiences I’ve heard from so many other women. Women’s voices and women’s issues need to be heard and reflected in county policy. If you trust me with your vote, I will open a door for your voice. Together, we can share our stories, find the courage to help one another, and create solutions that help everyone in our district thrive.

Tanya Flanagan in a healthcare office

Brief Professional Biography

I have worked for Clark County for almost 20 years in various roles. The majority of my work has been in the areas of community outreach and connecting citizens with their government, and the right places to help them get done what they need. I work and have worked directly with the county commissioners, representing them on boards, commissions, and in meetings. I know what the job is, and am confident that I would make a great county commissioner.

I have also worked as reporter, covering Las Vegas and this community in particular for years. Additionally, I was a PR Manager for MGM Resorts International.

Service Work

I have been deeply involved with more than a dozen different non-profits and service organizations throughout Clark County. I am most proud of my service on the Susan G. Komen Nevada Board of Directors, where I recently served as President of the Board and currently serve as the Interim Executive Director. This work has given me so much opportunity to impact the health and well-being of women and families throughout our community. 

Current Service:
    • Interim Executive Director, Susan G. Komen Nevada
    • Member & Treasurer, Las Vegas Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc.
    • Financial Secretary, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Theta Theta Omega Las Vegas Chapter
Past Service (1995-2017)
    • President, Susan G. Komen Nevada Board of Directors
    • Connections Committee Chair, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Theta Theta Omega Chapter
    • Member & Secretary, Urban Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
    • Chair, Las Vegas Urban League Community Action Agency Board of Directors
    • Member, Sheriff’s African-American Advisory Council
    • Board Member, Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars
    • Founding Board Member, Las Vegas Urban League
    • Western Region Vice President, National Urban League Young Professionals
    • Founding President, Las Vegas Urban League Young Professionals
    • Member, Advisory Council to Las Vegas Urban League
    • Board Member, Academy of Excellence Charter School
    • Member, Three Square Food Bank Capacity Building Team & Advisory Council
    • President & Treasurer, National Association of Black Journalists (Las Vegas Chapter)
    • Member, National Association of Black Journalists
Recognitions and Honors
    • Breast Cancer Awareness Survivor Shero, Kappa Leadership League (2017)
    • Certificate of Recognition, Clark County Summer Business Institute (2017)
    • Community Service Award, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity (2008)
    • Community Citizen of the Year Award, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (2007)
    • Nominated Top 40 Under 40 In Business Las Vegas (2006)
    • Certificate of Support Operation Teens, Valley View Community Cares (2006)
    • First Place Best Spot News Story, Nevada Press Association (1996)

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