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Democrats Visit Voters, Small Businesses Across Rural Nevada

Last weekend, Democratic candidates Kate Marshall for lieutenant governor, Aaron Ford for attorney general, Nelson Araujo for secretary of state, and Zach Conine for treasurer visited rural Nevada communities together to meet with voters across the state. In places like Fernley, Fallon, Austin, Eureka, Ely, West Wendover, Elko, and Winnemucca, candidates stopped at small businesses and met with local elected officials and residents to listen to their concerns and ideas.

Nevada State Democratic Party Executive Director Alana Mounce released the following statement:

“Democrats are fighting for every vote to turn Nevada blue, which is why candidates hit the road last weekend to meet voters where they are and listen to their concerns. Democrats are organizing in communities across the state this cycle, and we look forward to continuing to engage Nevadans from Boulder City to Battle Mountain and everywhere in between in order to win in November.”

Reno Gazette-Journal: These Dems are running for a top office. So what are they doing in the middle of Nevada?

By James DeHaven

June 5, 2018


  • Hot dogs, espresso and barbeque. That’s the relatively unsexy stuff down-ballot Democratic campaigns were made of on Friday night in Fernley, where four candidates seeking some of the state’s less-glamorous offices ate, drank and laughed their way through the first stop on a three-day tour of rural Nevada.

  • None of the top Democratic hopefuls for attorney general, lieutenant governor, treasurer and secretary of state face a tough primary election opponent. Their eight-stop weekend sweep across small businesses from Austin to West Wendover was more about staying on voters’ radar amid a barrage of ads and mailers from higher-profile candidates.

  • “For every Faraday Future debacle, there’s thousands of Yvonne’s,” [treasurer candidate Zach] Conine said, contrasting Minix’s business with the Chinese-backed electric car company that nearly bilked the state out of $335 million in tax incentives to build a $1 billion factory in North Las Vegas. “The question is, how do we make the pie bigger for everyone?”

  • “The truth of the matter is the lieutenant governor’s job is about the economy, it’s about economic development,” [lieutenant governor candidate Kate] Marshall said. “The one place we haven’t talked about is the kitchen table. You need to talk about what the people of this state are talking about when they sit down at the table to pay their bills.”

  • State Sen. Majority Leader Aaron Ford, D-Las Vegas, took a swipe of his own at the sanctuary cities proposal, pointing out that Nevada is not currently home to any communities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

  • “The only people providing sanctuary in this state now are Republicans providing sanctuary to Sheriff (Gerald) Antinoro,” the attorney general hopeful said, referring to the embattled Storey County lawman who faces several well-documented sexual misconduct allegations.

  • Nelson Araujo, the two-term Las Vegas Assemblyman running an election security-focused campaign for secretary of state, said….he doesn’t doubt Nevada could do more to shore up its election system amid ongoing fears over a Russian campaign to meddle in U.S. elections.

  • “I think we’re seeing all the real threats being posed to our election system and it’s important for us to be well ahead of those threats in terms of cybersecurity efforts,” Araujo said.

  • He and his colleagues were soon off to Fallon for a barbecue hosted by Churchill County Democrats. They stopped off in Austin, Eureka, Ely and Wendover on Saturday, before looping back to Elko and Winnemucca on Sunday afternoon.

Photos from the tour can be found on the candidates’ Twitter pages: @KateMarshallNV, @AaronDFordNV, @NelsonAraujoNV, and @ZConine.