Rep. Gibbons To Be Challenged

Congressman Jim Gibbons, R-Nevada
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Nevada political newcomer David Bennett, a computer technician from Pahrump, plans to file as a Democratic challenger to four-term Republican Rep. Jim Gibbons.

"I've always wanted to get into politics and it seems to be that nobody seems to be able to beat him right at the moment," said Bennett, 46, who moved to Pahrump 2 1/2 years ago from upstate New York. He works on computers at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

Bennett said he isn't frightened away by the fact that 82 percent of Nevadans know Gibbons, according to a recent Las Vegas Review-Journal poll.

"I think the people need the middle class being represented by the people," Bennett said. "There's nobody that's middle class that's in Congress or the Senate."

The problem for Democrats in Nevada's Congressional Dist. 2 is a numbers one. Republicans have 157,831 registered voters in the district compared with 116,309 Democratic voters. And in 2002, many of those Democrats voted for Gibbons - who got about 74 percent of the vote compared with about 20 percent for Democrat Travis Souza.

Gibbons said he doesn't take any opponent lightly, and will "campaign hard on all the issues" in the huge district which covers all of the state's northern and rural counties and a sliver of Clark County.