Major Legislature changes expected; few primary races
Candidates are in alphabetical order, (I) means incumbent.
Multi-County and Statewide Races
Sharron Angle, Reno, Republican
D’Nese Davis, Las Vegas, Republican
Tony Gumina, Las Vegas, Independent
Eddie Hamilton, Las Vegas, Republican
Joe Heck, Las Vegas, Republican
Thomas Heck, Las Vegas, Republican
Tom Jones, Las Vegas, Independent American
Robert Leeds, Las Vegas, Republican
Bobby Mahendra, Las Vegas, Democrat
Catherine Cortez Masto, Las Vegas, Democrat
Susan O’Briant, Las Vegas, Democrat
Carlo Poliak, Las Vegas, Republican
Juston Preble, Henderson, Republican
Allen Reinhart, Las Vegas, Democrat
Tom Sawyer, Las Vegas, Independent
Bill Tarbell, Sparks, Republican
G.A. Villa, Las Vegas, Independent
Jarrod Williams, Sparks, Independent
Congressional District 2:
Vance Alm, Reno, Democrat
Mark Amodei, Carson City, Republican (I)
Chip Evans, Reno, Democrat
John Everhart, Carson City, Independent American
Drew Knight, Carson City, Independent
Rick Shepherd, Sparks, Democrat
Congressional district 4:
Morse Arberry, Las Vegas, Democrat
Steve Brown, Las Vegas, Libertarian
Brandon Casutt, Las Vegas, Democrat
Lucy Flores, North Las Vegas, Democrat
Cresent Hardy, Mesquite, Republican (I)
Ruben Kihuen, Las Vegas, Democrat
Susie Lee, North Las Vegas, Democrat
Mike Little, Las Vegas, Independent American
Mike Monroe, Las Vegas, Republican
Dan Rolle, Las Vegas, Democrat
Mike Schaefer, Las Vegas, Democrat
Rodney Smith, North Las Vegas, Democrat
Wayne Villines, Republican
State Senate District 19:
Pete Goicoechea, Eureka, Republican (I)
Janine Hansen, Elko, Independent American
State Assembly District 32:
Ira Hansen, Sparks, Republican (I)
State Assembly District 33:
John Ellison, Republican (I)
State Assembly District 36:
James Oscarson, Republican, Pahrump (I)
Dennis Hof, Libertarian, Crystal,
Rusty Stansberry, Las Vegas, Republican
Tina Trenner, Las Vegas, Republican
State Assembly District 38:
Wendy Cochran, Silver Springs, Independent
George Dini, Yerington, Democrat
Justin Smith, Fallon, Independent American
Robin Titus, Wellington, Republican (I)
State Assembly District 39:
Alexander Dunn, Carson City, Independent
Jim Wheeler, Minden, Republican (I)
State Assembly District 40:
Chris Forbush, Carson City, Republican
Michael Greedy, Carson City, Democrat
Sam England, Reno, Republican
Al Kramer, Carson City, Republican
P.K. O’Neill, Carson City, Republican (I)
John Wagner, Carson City, Independent American
Board of Regents District 8:
Cathy McAdoo, Elko
Board if Regents District 9 (Two year term only):
Carol Del Carlo, Incline Village
Sara Lafrance, Incline Village
Board of Regents District 11:
Jason Geddes, Reno (I)
Board of Education District 2:
David Carter, Carson City
Pat Hickey, Reno
Board of Education District 4:
Len Marciano, North Las Vegas
Mark Newburn, Las Vegas
Carson City Races
Gayle Robertson (I)
Bob Crowell (I)
Supervisor Ward 2:
Brad Bonkowski (I)
Supervisor Ward 4:
Jim Shirk (I)
School board District 2:
Laurel Crossman (I)
School board district 5:
Steve Reynolds (I)
Schoool Board District 7:
Joe Cacioppo (I)
Washoe County Races
Senate District 13:
Kent Bailey, Republican
Samantha Brockeslby, Republican
Brandon Jacobs, Libertarian
Julia Ratti, Democrat
Senate District 15:
David Colborne, Libertarian
Heidi Gansert, Republican
Eugene Hoover, Republican
Devon Reese, Democrat
Assembly District 24:
Amber Joiner, Democrat (I)
Jim Riger Sr. Republican
Assembly District 25:
Clint Jamison, Republican
Kime King, Republican
Allen Smith, Dmeocrat
Jennifer Terhune, Republican
Jill Tolles, Republican
Assembly District 26:
Lisa Krasner, Republican
Jason Guinasso, Republican
Assembly District 27:
Teresa Benitez-Thompson (I)
Bonnie Weber, Reno, Reno, Republican
Assembly District 30:
Lauren Scott, Republican
Michael Sprinkle (I)
Assembly District 31:
Skip Daly, Democrat
Jill Dickman, Republican (I)
Clark County Congressional Races
Congressional District 1:
Kamau Bakari, Independent American
Louis Baker, Republican
Patrick Boylan, Democrat
Stephanie Carlisle, Republican
Freddy Horne, Republican
Gary Johnson, Republican
Jeffrey Miller, Republican
Mary Perry, Republican
Jose Solario, Democrat
Dina Titus, Democrat (I)
Congressional District 3:
Kerry Bowers, Republican
Michele Fiore, Republican
David Goosen, Independent
Sami Khal, Republican
Warren Markowitz, Independent American
Andrew Matthews, Republican
Barry Michaels, Democrat
Michael Roberson, Republican
Jacklyn Rosen, Democrat
Jesse Sbaih, Democrat
Steven Schiffman, Democrat
Alex Singer, Democrat
Danny Tarkanian, Republican
Annette Teijeiro, Republican
Neil Waite, Democrat
The 2016 election is expected to bring dramatic changes to the make-up of the Nevada Legislature.
There are two factors in play.
First, the Republican wave in 2014 installed conservative GOP lawmakers in districts that have Democratic voter majorities. With a much larger Democratic voter turnout expected this year, political observers expect the party to reclaim enough of those seats to flip control of the Assembly back to Democrats and possibly the state Senate as well.
Second, Tea Party candidates are challenging incumbent Republicans over their support for Gov. Brian Sandoval’s education budget and the $1.3 billion worth of taxes approved to pay for it.
One of those seats is Carson City’s Assembly District 40 where incumbent Republican P.K. O’Neill has drawn five opponents, three of them Republicans who will face him in the primary.
Sam England, of Reno, is in the race as is fellow Republican Chris Forbush, who filed just before 5 p.m. Friday. But longtime former Carson City Treasurer Al Kramer is considered O’Neill’s biggest threat.
O’Neill has incumbency on his side along with support from a hefty block of state workers who, as part of that controversial tax package, got their first raises in nearly a decade.
Also, Independent American candidate John Wagner is expected to draw off some of those anti-tax voters.
Kramer is well known after 20 years as Carson City’s elected treasurer and has a strong reputation among conservatives.
The remaining candidate in the race is Democrat Michael Greedy.
After AD40, there are only a few primary races on the June 14 ballot for western Nevada voters.
The biggest is the statewide race to claim retiring U.S. Senator Harry Reid’s seat. There are 18 candidates — including, at the last minute, Sharron Angle — so there will be a primary in both major parties. The odds-on front runners are Democrat — and former Attorney General — Catherine Cortez Masto and Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev.
Also on Carson City’s primary ballot will be the Democratic contenders who want to unseat Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev, in Nevada’s District 2.
Vance Alm and Chip Evans of Reno along with Rick Shepherd of Sparks have all filed. Evans, former Washoe Democratic Central Committee Chairman, has Reid’s endorsement. Although no Democrat has ever won that seat since it’s creation in 1981, Evans said the demographics of CD2 are changing as more and more people move to the Reno area from out of state.
“The people coming in are largely not rural people,” he said adding it’s shifting the area more toward the middle away from the right.
Shepherd said he used to be Republican but the party moved away from his beliefs. He also criticized Amodei’s work ethic saying he has one of the House’s worst voting records.
Also, John Everhart is running as an Independent American and Drew Knight as a non-partisan candidate.
Anti-tax candidates are also challenging incumbent Republicans Stephen Silverkraus in District 29, Derek Armstrong in District 21 and David Gardner in District 9. All three, like O’Neill, backed the education funding tax package.
A number of legislative seats are open this time for a variety of reasons.
Assemblymen Pat Hickey and Randy Kirner, both south Reno Republicans, decided not to run again; in significant part because of protests over their support for the tax package. There are five contenders for Hickey’s AD25 seat, four of them Republicans. Two Republicans are vying to replace Kirner.
Senate District 13 incumbent Debbie Smith of Sparks died in February after more than a year-long battle with brain cancer and District 15 incumbent Greg Brower decided not to run again.
In District 15, former Assembly Minority Leader Heidi Gansert is considered the favorite at this point but longtime Reno businessman Eugene Hoover is mounting a strong primary challenge. The winner will face Democrat Devon Reese in the general election.
Gansert, who also is a former chief of staff to Gov. Brian Sandoval, has been criticized for refusing to say whether she would have supported Sandoval’s tax hikes and for not resigning her position as Director of External Relations at University of Nevada, Reno to run.
Also, in play is District 6 in Las Vegas where appointed Republican Mark Lipparelli decided not to run. The district has a nearly 3,000 Democratic voter registration advantage. Also with a Democratic registration edge is the District 18 seat of Republican Scott Hammond.
Even a single victory over a Republican-held Senate seat would flip the 11-10 upper house from “R” to “D.”
Two open seats are those now held by Assembly Republicans Victoria Seaman and Erven Nelson, both of whom are running for Lipparelli’s Senate seat. Seaman’s District 34 seat has a solid Democratic registration advantage and was expected to return to that party’s control this cycle.
Nelson’s seat is Republican by registration and Artemus Ham, part of a well-known Las Vegas family, is the favorite.
The Assembly flipped from a 27-15 Democrat advantage to 25-17 Republican advantage in the 2014 election.
The elections also could result in two more Senate vacancies. Republican Majority Leader Michael Roberson and Democrat Ruben Kihuen are both running for Congress. If they lose, they each have two more years on their Senate term. If they win, those seats will be filled by appointment
In Carson City races, only one has a primary. Mayor Bob Crowell, who was unopposed until a few hours before the close of filing, drew three last minute opponents: Jerry Cinani, Kurt Meyer and Chris Carver.
The primary election is June 14. The general election is set for Nov. 8.