Carson City, Gardnerville reps among first to file for election

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Editor’s note: This story has been update to reflect Tuesday’s filings.

Among the first candidates to file for non-judicial seats this year were two incumbent assemblymen representing western Nevada.

Al Kramer, R-Carson City, and Jim Wheeler, R-Gardnerville, both filed before noon Monday.

Reno Democrat Rick Shepherd filed for Congressional District 2, currently held by Republican Mark Amodei, as did Ian Leutkehans of Las Vegas. Luetkehans is running as a Democrat. He ran as a Republican two years ago and lost to Amodei in the primary.

Amodei was expected to file later this week.

The Democratic primary in CD2 is drawing a number of contestants. In addition to Shepherd and Leutkehans, Patricia Ackerman of Douglas County and Clint Koble of Reno have announced.

No Democrat has ever won CD2, which was created in 1980. It represents Washoe, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing, Storey, Carson City and most of Lyon County. Amodei has held the seat since 2011.

Kramer is seeking just his third two-year term representing the capital and most of Washoe Valley. On Tuesday, Day Williams filed to challenge Kramer in the Republican primary for Assembly District 40.

The Republican who emerges from the June primary will have a challenger. Democrats Derek Morgan and Sherry Scaffidi, both of Carson City, will meet in the primary.

Day grew up in Reno and moved to Carson City after law school. He has been a Nevada lawyer since 1991. He worked one year as law clerk at the Nevada Supreme Court. He is a registered Republican. He has run for Nevada Supreme Court justice and Carson City supervisor.

Wheeler is seeking is fifth term in AD39, representing Douglas, part of Lyon and all of Storey.

Robin Titus, a doctor and Republican minority leader in the Assembly, has also announced but not yet filed for re-election in AD38.

Filing runs weekdays through March 13. All candidates seeking offices that represent more than one county must file with the Secretary of State in either Carson City or Las Vegas. Those seeking offices that are contained in a single county — primarily Washoe and Clark County — file with their county elections office.

Candidates for local offices file with their county clerk.


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