More Nevada Candidates Sign Up For Public Office

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A batch of legislative incumbents and challengers mainly from outlying areas of Nevada led the growing list of candidates who turned in filing papers Tuesday to the secretary of state's office.

On the second day of a two-week window for candidate filings, veteran state Sen. Dean Rhoads, R-Tuscarora, formally sought re-election to his northern Nevada district seat. The huge district spreads over Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Pershing and White Pine counties and part of Nye County.

Assemblyman Tom Grady, R-Yerington, filed for re-election to his Dist. 38 seat - and Cathylee James, sister of former state Sen. Mark James, filed as a Democratic challenger. The district covers Lyon and Storey counties and parts of Carson City and Churchill County.

Assemblyman Rod Sherer, R-Pahrump, sought re-election to his Dist. 36 seat, which sprawls across Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral and Nye counties and part of Churchill County.

Assemblyman Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka, filed for a second term in his Dist. 35 seat, which covers another huge swath of rural Nevada: White Pine, Eureka and Pershing counties, and parts of Churchill, Humboldt, Lander and Washoe counties.

And Assemblyman Ron Knecht, R-Carson City, filed for a second term a day after he was challenged by former Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Parnell. His Dist. 40 seat covers parts of Carson City and Washoe County.

Also filing with the secretary of state's office was Dave Cook, seeking another term in the state Board of Education's Dist. 9 seat.

The secretary of state's office also said Clark County Probate Commissioner Don Ashworth filed on Monday for the state Supreme Court's seat A, being vacated by Justice Miriam Shearing. Clark County Family Court Judge Cynthia Steel has filed for the same seat.

Both Ashworth and Steel also are former legislators. Ashworth was elected to a four-year state Senate term in 1978, and Steel was elected in 1994 to a two-year Assembly term.

The candidate filing period opened Monday with several candidates awaiting a ruling from the Supreme Court on whether full-time state employees can serve in the part-time Legislature.

The court case follows an opinion issued in March by Attorney General Brian Sandoval that said state workers can't serve. But the opinion didn't bar local government workers from holding a seat in the Legislature.

Secretary of State Dean Heller has asked the high court to quickly resolve the issue, although a decision isn't likely before the May 14 close of candidate filing. There are several legislators who have full-time government jobs.


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