In a near-unanimous vote at Saturday’s Nevada Democratic Party meeting, Central Committee members decided that Nevada state Treasurer Kate Marshall (D) will be the Democratic nominee in the Sept. 13 special election for Nevada’s 2nd district.
Nancy Price withdrew from the race prior to the election. That left Kate vying for the nomination against two lesser known candidates, retired Washoe County principal Jacques Maye and Rex Ricks of Reno. In her introductory speech, State Treasurer Kate Marshall told Nevada Democrats Saturday she wants to be their “gal in Congress” and members of the state central committee have agreed to give her a chance. Of the possible 122 votes, she received 117. She accepted the nomination proclaiming, “One down … one to go!”
The NV Supreme Court has yet to rule in the challenge to the special election law ruling. So, it’s still up in the air as to exactly who she’ll ultimately face in the September election. But, at this point, it appears that the major contenders she’ll be facing off against in the special election will be former state GOP chairman Mark Amodei and potentially Kirk Lippold who may not yet be willing to give up a run for the seat.
Nevada’s Congressional District #2 Seat has never been held by a Democrat since it was created 30 years ago. It’s not like we haven’t tried, but NV-CD2 has a significantly higher number of Republican and conservative Indepent American Party voters. However, this year may prove to be a pivotal year for Democrats given the GOP’s penchant to wipe out and privatize social safety net programs. GOP/Tea Party candidates are backing Ryan’s ‘kill medicare’ plan and already heralding they would vote against raising the debt ceiling. Kate, on the other hand, has a clear understanding of economics, understands what it takes to balance a budget, and understands that we need to create an economic strategy that would support job creation, in this nation, not some other nation at our expense.
Roberta Lange, NV Democratic Party Chair, in differentiating our Democratic candidate from Republican candidates said that, “While Kirk Lippold and Mark Amodei are fighting to end Medicare, privatize Social Security and ship American jobs to China, Kate is committed to creating jobs that stay in Nevada and protecting Social Security and Medicare. No matter what twists and turns this election process takes, Nevada Democrats are united behind Kate Marshall’s campaign and ready to get to work to elect her as Nevada’s next Congresswoman.”