Congressman Dean Heller: Democracy Comes at a Price

By: staff Email
By: staff Email

Congressman Dean Heller stopped by Hidden Valley Elementary School Friday to check out their new lunch program, but healthy food wasn't the only topic on the menu.

Congressman Heller will replace Senator John Ensign when his resignation takes place May 3rd. Nevada will then have to hold a special election to fill Heller's seat in the House of Representatives.

This special election will have no limit on the number of candidates who can run and will cost $1,000,0000 for the state's 17 counties. It is an amount Kathy Carter, Community relations Director for Washoe County, says will cost some county workers their jobs.

When asked what he thought about the loss of jobs, Heller said he doubted that would happen.

“I'm just trying to get through the extreme views here,” Heller said.
He added an extreme question of his own, asking, “They will shut down the county?”

Nevada counties might not have to shut down as a result of bearing the expense of the special election, but it won't be easy.

“Democracy has a price,” Heller said.

It is a price the Congressman isn't willing to pay when trying to balance the Federal budget. He voted yes on a budget that wants to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

“I voted for it in the Congress, I will vote for it again,” Heller said.

Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Heller to the senate seat in accordance with the Nevada constitution. It is the first time the state has had to hold this type of special election.

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