States Rights Activists File For State Legislature

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David and Jackie Holmgren, states' rights activists involved in a dispute over cattle-grazing on federal land, filed Monday for Senate and Assembly seats in the Nevada Legislature.

David Holmgren, an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 2002, filed as an Independent American Party candidate for the northern Nevada Senate seat now held by veteran Sen. Dean Rhoads, R-Tuscarora.

Jackie Holmgren filed as an IAP candidate for the Assembly Dist. 36 seat now held by Assemblyman Rod Sherer, R-Pahrump. That's the same seat she sought in 2002.

The Holmgrens, Mineral County ranchers, are leaders in the Nevada Committee for Full Statehood, which has been fighting what they term the heavy hand of the federal government on public rangeland across the West.

They're also involved in the Nevada Live Stock Association, which is seeking a grand jury probe of a state brand inspector, James Connelley, who the group has accused of conspiring with the U.S. government to seize cattle deemed to be trespassing on federal land in Nevada.

The only other candidate to file Monday at the secretary of state's office was Gary Marinch, a Natural Law contender for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Harry Reid.