First-term Republican Rep. Jon Porter filed Friday for another two years in office, facing a strong challenge from former casino executive Tom Gallagher.
Porter, who filed his candidacy papers at the Clark County Election Department in Las Vegas, has no GOP opposition yet. Besides Gallagher, three other Democrats have filed or are expected to file for the Congressional Dist. 3 seat, Nevada's newest.
Porter is a former state senator and Boulder City mayor who lost in his first bid for Congress, in 2000. In 2002, he easily defeated Democrat Dario Herrera by a 56-37 percent margin.
Porter already has raised $1 million for his 2004 campaign, including $500,000 he has in the bank. He was helped by Vice President Dick Cheney, who came to Las Vegas in January to raise money for the Porter campaign.
But Gallagher, making his debut in Nevada politics, has received strong support from Democrats at the state and national level, and expects his race will be in the spotlight this election year. He's a former chief executive of Park Place Entertainment and chairman of the Nevada Resort Association.
The congressional district is almost evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.
In Carson City, only one candidate showed up at the secretary of state's office to file on Friday. Freddie Warman signed up as a Democratic contender for the central Nevada state senate district seat now held by Sen. Mike McGinness, R-Fallon.
Warman's filing brought the first-week total in Secretary of State Dean Heller's office to 30 candidates. The close of filing is May 14.
Candidates for single-county offices file with their local county election officials. Hopefuls seeking multi-county offices must file with the secretary of state, either in Carson City or Las Vegas.