Nevada GOP Assembly Leader Pat Hickey Wins Primary

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

 "Congratulations to Assembly Republican Leader Pat Hickey and all of the candidates who won nomination tonight. Growing our ranks in the Assembly will allow us to continue Nevada’s Comeback and build a better future for all Nevadans," said Governor Brian Sandoval.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada Assemblyman Pat Hickey has turned back a party challenge from the conservative right in the Republican primary.

The Reno lawmaker seeking a third consecutive term was challenged by Rick Fineberg, a retired lawyer who described himself as a constitutional conservative.

Hickey, a painting contractor by trade, also served one term in the Assembly in 1997.

He was targeted by conservative members of his party in part over a school maintenance tax bill that was shuttled by state lawmakers to the Washoe County School Board for enactment.

Some conservatives called the move an unconstitutional ploy to circumvent a state law requiring a two-thirds majority to pass tax increases. It eventually died at the county level.

Hickey will face nonpartisan candidate Niklas Putnam in the District 25 general election in November.

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