Michele Fiore participates in a Republican debate in Henderson, Nev., on April 26, 2016. (Photo: John Locher/AP, file)
A Las Vegas City Councilwoman who rose to national prominence for her support of self-styled anti-government militiamen who clashed with federal law enforcement in multiple armed standoffs last decade is running for governor of Nevada.
Republican Michelle Fiore announced her plans to run at a news conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday morning.
In next year's June primary, she's expected to face off against a long list of challengers hoping to unseat Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak. The field includes former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller; Joey Gilbert, a lawyer who was present at the Jan. 6 insurrection and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who led local law enforcement in 2017, when Las Vegas experienced the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
A campaign video released Tuesday shows Fiore walking through the desert in a red dress with a handgun strapped to her waist that she later unholsters to fire at bottles labeled "vaccine mandates," "critical race theory," and "voter fraud."
"I've spent my whole life fighting the establishment," she says, standing in front of a pickup truck adorned with a Trump 2024 bumper sticker. "We need outsiders, fighters, not the same old boring, moderate, compromise blue-blazer politicians."