Gubernatorial candidates Heller, Nohra visit Fallon

Senate candidate Adam Laxalt comes to Fallon Thursday with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz

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The campaign trail for public office is winding through rural Nevada for a handful of Republican candidates.
Gubernatorial candidates Dean Heller and Guy Nohra spoke to the Churchill County Republicans at their recent monthly luncheon, and Heller attended a greet-and-meet later that day hosted by local residents.
Former Republican Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who is running against incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, is in Fallon Thursday at The Telegraph, 1805 W. Williams Ave. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will accompany Laxalt in his afternoon trip.
The Flip Nevada Tour is from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m., and doors open at 2 p.m. Cruz was one of the speakers at the 2015 Basque Fry hosted by Laxalt. The Texas senator was one of four candidates seeking the presidential nod for the 2016 election.
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Both Heller and Nohra, a Venture capitalist who lives in Reno, answered questions at the Churchill County Republican luncheon. Local Republicans leaned toward Heller in asking the former senator and state Secretary of State questions on his voting record and support of former President Donald Trump. Heller said he voted for 150 conservative judges and was a lead on tax cuts and the job acts.
“We were able to do great things,” Heller added.
Heller said the president also asked him to go to Jerusalem when the embassy was relocated from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.

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Gur Nohra, a Venture capitalist and gubernatorial candidate, answers a question at last week’s luncheon hosted by the Churchill County Republicans.

Heller said during his term in the Senate, he “did a few things right and a few things wrong.”
At an event with former Southern Nevada GOP Congressman Joe Heck, Heller said he was unaware Heck was going to denounce Trump’s endorsement.
“I didn’t know he was going to read the letter, and I should’ve walked off the stage,” Heller said.
Both candidates are making their rounds in rural Nevada. Heller said he has visited every county and many communities to discuss his desire to be the state’s next governor. Heller and Nohra said rural Nevada is important, and that if the next governor is from Southern Nevada, then the rurals will continue to be ignored.
“What rural Nevada needs is a governor who owns a tractor,” said Heller, who lives in Smith Valley. “I have water rights, own cattle and grow hay,” he said, adding he brings his cattle into Fallon to sell.
“I don’t own a tractor. I know John Lee,” Nohra said. “What Dean is saying is right.”
Lee is the North Las Vegas mayor. Nohra said the candidates who hail from Clark County don’t care about the rurals because they have their votes sewn up in Southern Nevada.
Both Heller and Nohra touched on economic development and broadband. Heller, though, who has had experience in dealing with land bills first as a congressman from District 2 and a senator is award of the federal government’s control of land. He would like to see the state won and control more land for economic development.
Both candidates discussed election integrity and the need for voter identification. They both said they were not pleased with the redistricting map drawn by the majority Democrats.
“They did not do a good job,” Nohra quipped.
A question arose regarding cryptocurrency. Heller said the topic has been discussed and studied for a decade. He said it will have an impact.
Nohra said the younger generation is using it.
“It’s a matter of time,” he added.

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Former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, who’s running for governor, speaks to the Churchill County Republicans at last week’s luncheon.



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