Gov. Steve Sisolak sought re-election shortly after 9 a.m. Monday at the office of the Southern Nevada Secretary of State inside North Las Vegas City Hall, on the first day of a filing period two weeks.
Sisolak, who is unlikely to face a legitimate primary challenge in this election, said he would rely on the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic as he makes his case for a second term to voters.
“We’re coming back stronger than anyone ever expected, stronger than other states,” Sisolak said.
He said the pandemic shows once again that Nevada needs to do more to make the state’s economy less dependent on gambling and tourism, which tend to be hit harder than other sectors during downturns. economic, as people have less disposable income to spend on leisure activities.
“We need to do more to diversify the economy so that the next time there is a problem, and there will be a next time, whether it’s a pandemic or a recession, that we don’t let’s not be hit as hard as we have been this time,” he said. noted.
He said if re-elected he plans to focus heavily on education, saying that even though they added funds to the state education budget during his time as governor, “there is still still a lot to do”.
“Clearly something has to be done. There are well over 1,000 vacancies in Southern Nevada. Children deserve a quality education. But it is for all children. It doesn’t matter if you live in Summerlin, Green Valley or an urban core,” Sisolak said. “All children have the right to a quality education, and they should not be discriminated against because of their parents’ bank account or zip code.”
On the Republican side, more than half a dozen candidates, including Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, former U.S. Senator Dean Heller and Las Vegas Councilwoman Michele Fiore, are expected to formally enter the fray.
Surprise candidates sometimes emerge during the nomination period of each election cycle, and it is always possible that some announced candidates may not show up.
This year’s filing period has a little extra significance. There were two candidate forums this year that featured most of the Republicans vying for the nomination and the chance to face Sisolak in the ballot in November, with one very notable absence.
Lombardo, who is considered one of the frontrunners in the primary, has raised the most money among Republican candidates and is leading in the latest polls, has not yet participated in any candidate forums or debates, saying that he would participate in debates only after the official filing period closed.
Candidates have until 5 p.m. on March 18 to submit their applications. Nevada’s primary election is June 14.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.