Gibbons to Have Challenger for House Seat

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

Bennett, 46, moved to Pahrump 2 1/2 years ago from upstate New York. He works on computers at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

The problem for Democrats in Gibbons' Congressional Dist. 2 is a numbers one. Republicans have nearly 160,000 registered voters in the district compared with about 116,000 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, who filed for re-election Tuesday, said he doesn't take any opponent lightly and will campaign hard in the huge district, which covers all of the state's northern and rural counties and a sliver of Clark County.

Also Wednesday, Dorothy Gallagher filed as a nonpartisan candidate for the University of Nevada system's District 8 regents seat.