CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A state judge in Carson City has set a May 19 hearing to consider arguments over how a special election will be conducted to fill Nevada's vacant U.S. House seat.
Secretary of State Ross Miller last week said the election to fill the 2nd Congressional District seat vacated by Dean Heller will be open to anyone who wants to run. There is no primary or filing fee, and candidates can file between May 23 and May 25.
The state Republican Party filed a lawsuit, arguing that political party central committees should pick the nominees to appear on the Sept. 13 ballot.
Heller on Monday assumed the U.S. Senate post previously held by
John Ensign, who resigned.
Nevada has never held a special election to fill a House vacancy.
This morning, Governor Brian Sandoval signed the proclamation calling for a special election on Tuesday, September 13th to fill the vacant Congressional District 2 seat formerly held by Dean Heller.
“Today I have officially called for a special election to fill Nevada’s vacant U.S. Congressional Seat on September 13th,” Governor Sandoval said. “This proclamation begins the process under which the election shall conform with all applicable federal and state laws as interpreted by the Secretary of State.”
Federal and state law requires this seat to be filled by the people at a special election and that the election be called within seven days of the vacancy. Dean Heller resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives today.