Overflow crowd turns up for Democrat rally in Carson City | NevadaAppeal.com

Overflow crowd turns up for Democrat rally in Carson City

Cy Ryan
For the Nevada Appeal

Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., speaks with vendors at a festival in North Las Vegas on May 5.

Rep. Jacky Rosen, the Democratic candidate for Senate, says the tax reduction law was a "massive giveaway" and has put the burden on middle class citizens.

Rosen told an overflow crowd of Democrats incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller has voted 96 percent of the time with President Trump and she said she will hold him accountable for his votes on health care and the environment.

A crowd estimated at 200 heard talks from Attorney General candidate Aaron Ford, Lieutenant Governor hopeful Kate Marshall, Secretary of State candidate Nelson Araujo; Treasurer hopeful Zach Conine and Controller candidate Catherine Byrne.

Governor candidate Steve Sisolak wasn't present.

Ford said his Republican opponent Wesley Duncan has focused his campaign on the problems of the early years of Ford who lived in a poor neighbor and qualified for food stamps. But he said he turned his life around at age 21.

"I believe people need opportunities" to turn their lives around, said Ford who was majority leader in the Senate in 2017.

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He noted he supported the ERA and equity pay. "I will put the needs of Nevada families first."

Marshall told the crowd she supported health care for women. And she said Nevada can't afford to have an education system that's ranked near the bottom in the nation.

Conine said the treasurer's office manages the accounts to help students to college. He told a reporter he wants to provide more access for students for higher education.

Araujo, now in his second term in the Assembly, said he favors same day registration in order to vote. The secretary of state's office is the chief election official in the state. And he wants to make sure voters have access to cast their ballots on election day.

Byrne accused her Republican opponent Controller Ron Knecht of using the office as a "soap box" to comment on a variety of issues.

"He doesn't know accounting," she said.

Originally about 75 persons registered to attend the rally. But more than 200 showed up to Bella Fiore Wines to loudly cheer and lend support to the Democratic candidates.