Brower Running to Keep State Senate Seat

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - State Sen. Greg Brower announced Monday he will seek election to a full term in the Senate now that the
district has survived elimination by reapportionment.

Brower, R-Reno, was appointed in January by the Washoe County
Commission to serve out the term of long-time Sen. Bill Raggio, who
retired before the 2011 legislative session began.

It was thought by many that District 15 in Washoe County would
disappear as part of redistricting and the state's growing
population shift to Clark County, but the district was kept by a
panel of special masters appointed by a court to redraw voting
boundaries.

Though the boundaries won't be final until an appeal window
expires in early December, no legal challenges are expected.

"The 2011 legislative session was a difficult one and the next
one promises to be just as challenging," Brower said in a
statement. "Despite its challenges, I was honored to serve and if
elected my priorities will continue to be job creation and
education reform.

"Much was accomplished in the last session but much more
remains to be done," he said.

District 15 is competitively split between Republicans and
Democrats, with non-partisan voters making up 15.7 percent.

Brower's candidacy was immediately endorsed by the Senate
Republican caucus.

"Greg stands up for what's right," said Sen. Michael Roberson,
campaign chairman for the Senate GOP. "He's committed to improving schools for our children and will fight for common sense policies that will put Nevadans back to work."

Senate Minority Leader Mike McGinness, R-Fallon, said Brower
helped prevent a tax hike pushed and later abandoned by Democrats.

Brower was also among 12 conservative Republican lawmakers in
the Senate and Assembly who voted against extending $620 million in
taxes that would have expired to balance the state's $6.2 billion,
two-year general fund budget.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who initially opposed extending
the sunset, agreed to do so as a compromise after a Nevada Supreme Court ruling late in the session questioned the legality of other mechanisms the governor relied upon to fund his spending plan.

Brower is a former U.S. attorney and two-term state assemblyman,
whose career in the Assembly was cut short in 2002 when he was
challenged in the GOP primary and defeated by then political
newcomer Sharron Angle.

Brower also was an early candidate for Nevada's open 2nd
Congressional District seat earlier this year.

He bowed out of the special election after the state Supreme
Court ruled that major political party executive committees would
pick their candidates for the ballot. The state GOP endorsed now
Rep. Mark Amodei, the party's former chairman who defeated
Democratic state Treasurer Kate Marshall in September.


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