Cheryl Lau, who served as Nevada's secretary of state from 1990-1994, filed Friday for the Assembly seat now held by Bonnie Parnell.
Lau, a Republican, said the "volatility of the economy and jobs means state government will be especially challenging." Nonetheless, she said she believes the state can reduce spending and taxes while improving government, including the performance of public schools.
Asked if she supports Gov. Jim Gibbons' mantra of no tax increases, she said, "I think that's a good movement - no new taxes."
"I think people are cramped enough with the high groceries and gas," she said.
Lau said there are other ways to improve education than raising the amount of money spent.
"There must be a way to increase our (educational performance) ranking without using a lot of tax dollars to do that," she said. "Sometimes throwing money at something doesn't mean you're going to get the best result."
Parnell, a Democrat, is seeking her fifth two-year term representing District 40, which covers most of Carson City and a portion of southern Washoe County. She is chairman of the Assembly Education Committee.
Lau was joined in the District 40 race by John Wagner, who resigned from the Republican Party after last month's state convention that was shut down to block a takeover by Ron Paul supporters.
"I'm running as an Independent American Party," Wagner said.
He said he wants to build the IAP into "a home for Ron Paul people."
He said if elected he would "like to get us so we start following the Constitution of the United States." And he said he would support legislation taking the business license of any company that knowingly hires illegal aliens.
Republican Assemblyman Tom Grady of Yerington also drew competition on this final day of candidate filing. Steven Dalton, 38, of Dayton filed in District 32 as a Democrat.
Dalton said he was a teacher and is now working at a Reno hospital with plans to become a doctor. He said that experience in both education and health care will enable him to "provide some decent insight" in the Legislature.
Asked about the teachers' initiative to raise gaming taxes, Dalton said Nevada has changed significantly from the days when "it was easy for everyone to rely on that constant stream of money."
"That's a slippery slope to rely on one industry," he said.
Richard Kale, Douglas Campus coordinator for Western Nevada College, filed for the State Board of Education seat now held by Barbara Myers. He said he has experience as a teacher and vice principal in the Salt Lake City school system as well as college.
And Dave Cook, who held the Board of Education seat before Myers, filed again to try to unseat her. He is an economics professor at WNC.
"It's time to have a sober, adult, non-hysteric approach to buckling down and doing the hard work that's required within the constraints of expected revenues at current tax levels," he said.
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List of candidates who filed with the Secretary of State's office:
Congressional District 2
Jill Derby of Minden, Democrat
John Everhart of Elko, Independent American
Dean Heller of Carson City, Republican (I)
Craig Bergland of Reno, Green
Sean Patrick Morse of Las Vegas, Libertarian
James Smack of Fallon, Republican
Rural Nevada Senatorial District
Janine Hansen of Elko, Independent American
Dean Rhoads of Tuscarora, Republican (I)
Central Nevada Senatorial District
Mike McGinness of Fallon, Republican (I)
Assembly District 32
Glenn E. Dawson of Sparks, Republican
Marc Deal of Sparks, Democrat
Don Gustavson of Sparks, Republican
James Kroshus of Sparks, Independent American
John Marvel of Battle Mountain, Republican (I)
Wayland Nance of Sparks, Republican
Eric Smith of Sparks, Republican
Michael Weber of Reno, Republican, Norvin "Pete" Cox, Democrat
Assembly District 23
John Carpenter of Elko, Republican (I)
Zachary Triggs of Elko, Independent American
Assembly District 25
Pete Goicoechea of Eureka, Republican, (I)
Rachel Marie King of Lovelock, Democrat
Assembly District 36
Scotty Babb of Pahrump, Democrat
Ed Goedhart of Amargosa Valley, Republican (I)
Assembly District 38
Steven Dalton of Dayton, Democrat
Dennis Gomez of Dayton, Independent American
Tom Grady of Yerington, Republican (I)
Assembly District 39
James Settelmeyer of Gardnerville, Republican (I)
Joetta Brown of Gardnerville, Democrat
David Schumann of Minden, Independent American
Assembly District 40
Cheryl Lau of Carson City, Republican
Bonnie Parnell of Carson City, Democrat (I)
John Wagner of Carson City, Independent American
State Board of Education District 9
Roy Casey of Carson City
Dave Cook of Carson City
Richard Kale of Carson City
Barbara Myers of Carson City
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