Nevada’s 10-day candidate filing

James DeHaven and Anjeanette Damon, Reno Gazette Journal Published 1:47 p.m. PT March 2, 2020 | Updated 6:07 p.m. PT March 2, 2020

Hundreds of candidates are expected to file for dozens of federal, state and local elected offices across Nevada over the next 10 days.

More than 50 seats are set to appear on Washoe County ballots, ranging from a high-stakes race to the White House to a spot on the Verdi Television District Board of Directors.

Local council, commission, school board and judicial races count for most of the seats up for grabs. Washoe voters will also help decide one congressional race and 11 spots in the state Legislature.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. on March 13 to file official paperwork needed to run in those contests.

We’ll be tracking those filings as they come in. Check back here for updates:

Reno-area Nevada Senate seat set to be competitive race

Former Washoe County Assessor candidate Wendy Jauregui-Jackins will challenge Reno Republican Heidi Seevers-Gansert for one of the most competitive seats in the Nevada Legislature.

Jauregui-Jackins, an appraiser at the county assessor’s office, announced her candidacy for state Senate District 15 in a Monday statement issued by Senate Democrats.

“As the proud daughter of immigrant parents, I was so fortunate in my upbringing,” she said. “My mom and dad worked hard for our family and gave me the opportunity to get a good education and go on to establish a successful career.

“I am stepping forward to run for state Senate because I want to fight to make sure everyone in our community has those same opportunities, regardless of their zip code.”

Jauregui-Jackins is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. She moved to Reno in 2006 after meeting her future husband Adam, a police officer at the Reno Police Department.

Jauregui-Jackins was immediately endorsed by state Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, D-Las Vegas — a sign that legislative Democrats think they can flip the Southwest Reno swing district Seevers-Gansert first won in 2016.

“Wendy Jauregui-Jackins is a dedicated public servant committed to improving the lives of everyone in her community,” Cannizzaro said in a statement. “As a first generation American, Wendy knows first-hand the opportunities that come with receiving a quality public education.

“She is the only candidate in this race who is committed to fighting for public schools and affordable health care, and we are proud to endorse her.”

Seevers-Gansert is seen as a rising star in many GOP circles, though she’s faced criticism from hardline conservative pundits and some pushback over her support for a controversial school choice program that ultimately failed during the 2019 Legislature.

Democrats now hold a narrow advantage of just 500 voters in her district, making Seevers-Gansert one of the party’s top targets heading into this year’s general election.

Seevers-Gansert told the Reno Gazette Journal she hadn’t met Jaregui-Jackins but was looking forward to the challenge.

“I’ve been honored, in representing this district, to help make our schools safer and contribute to our economy,” she said. “I have a strong record of supporting our schools.

“This is a close district. I was honored to be elected last time and I’m excited to do it again.” )

Familiar names file on Monday

The rest of Monday’s legislative filings in Northern Nevada came from familiar faces.

Republican Assemblymen Al Kramer, Jim Wheeler and John Ellison each filed for re-election, as did state Sen. Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka.

Natha Anderson, a teacher and the daughter of longtime Sparks Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, filed for the seat vacated by Assemblyman Greg Smith, D-Sparks. Smith in November announced he would not seek re-election.

Skip Daly, D-Sparks, also filed for re-election in Assembly District 31.

U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., filed to keep his seat in the Silver State’s sprawling 4th Congressional District, which stretches from North Las Vegas all the way to Yerington. Republican newcomer Sam Peters was the first of Horsford’s opponents to make his candidacy official.

Businessman Rick Shepherd formalized his third attempt to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei in the state’s 2nd Congressional District, joining fellow Democrat and two-time congressional challenger Clint Koble in the race to oust the longtime GOP lawmaker. Ian Luetkehans, another frequent contender for Amodei’s seat, will run as a Democrat in his latest bid for the job.

Filing slow for city of Reno offices

A rush of candidates for the Reno City Council’s four open seats never materialized Monday.

Local real estate agent J.D. Drakulich filed to run for Ward 1, the seat currently held by Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus.

Councilwoman Neoma Jardon filed to run for re-election in Ward 5.

Reno businessman Eddie Lorton filed to run for the council’s at-large seat, currently held by Councilman Devon Reese.

No candidates had filed for Ward 3, currently held by Councilman Oscar Delgado.

Candidates have until March 13 to file.

James DeHaven is the politics reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. He covers campaigns, the Nevada Legislature and everything in between

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