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Elaine Marzola was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, immigrating with her parents to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1984. She has twin brothers, who were born and raised in Las Vegas and both served in the Marine Corps.


Elaine graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies. During her undergraduate years, she first volunteered, then was employed by SafeNest Domestic Violence Shelter. Next, she attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School, earning her Juris Doctorate in 2010. In the fall of 2011, she became a member of the Nevada State Bar. Elaine is proud to tell you that she was a single mom of a son who made the higher education journey with her.


Education is the key to a successful and safe community. That has been my model for as long as I can remember. Having a great school system with excellent teachers is vital to Nevada’s future, and for the future of our children. I know this first hand, as my son and I both received an education in this magnificent state.


I was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. My parents worked extremely hard to make sure there was food on the table and that my brothers and I were always taken care of. As immigrants, it was a tough road and I didn’t attend the best school or live in the best neighborhood. However, my parents always wanted a better life for us, as every generation wants a better life for the next. With hard work and perseverance, I became the first in my family to graduate college in the United States. 

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