WASHINGTON, DC — The Nevada State Democratic Party presented its application to the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee today in the latest step to maintain Nevada’s early status in the presidential primary and advocate for hosting the First in the Nation primary in 2024 and beyond.
Nevada’s presentation includes a compelling video making the case for Nevada to be the first primary, narrated by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Congressman Steven Horsford, President of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Frank Hawk, and prominent DREAMer and immigration activist Astrid Silva.
Nevada’s presentation today was led by:
- Judith Whitmer – Nevada State Democratic Party Chair
- Yvanna Cancela – DNC Member and Chief of Staff to Governor Steve Sisolak, also a former State Senator and former Political Director of Culinary Workers Union Local 226
- William McCurdy – Clark County Commissioner, and former Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party
- Rebecca Lambe – longtime Democratic strategist, and former adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Judith Whitmer released the following statement:
“As a diverse, accessible, and union-strong battleground state, Nevada represents the bright future of both our Democratic Party and our nation. Our strengths are uniquely aligned with the DNC’s goals in updating the 2024 primary calendar — whether it is diversity, competitiveness, or feasibility, Nevada is the answer. The state party, our elected officials, our partners in labor, and grassroots Democrats across Nevada are united in this push as one team. Nevada is ready to be first, and we have the broad support we need to bring historic change to this primary process.
“Just over a year ago, Governor Sisolak signed a bill that changed the presidential nominating process from a party-run caucus to a state-run primary on the first Tuesday of February in presidential election years, beginning in 2024.
“Nevada is a majority-minority state and the third-most diverse state in the country. Nevada’s share of workers in unions is higher than the national average and on the rise. It is one of the most consistently competitive battleground states in the country, but one that Democrats know how to win. Nevada’s voter-friendly laws in recent years have increased access to the ballot box and become a model for the rest of the country.”