CARSON CITY, Nev. - Former state Sen. Joe Heck of Henderson has
become the second Republican to challenge GOP Gov. Jim Gibbons,
issuing an expected news release on Monday that he would seek the
gubernatorial nomination in 2010.
Heck, a one-term senator who lost a re-election race in
November, joins North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon in running
against a fellow Republican who has faced difficult private and
public issues that have left him with low approval ratings.
Heck and Montandon aren't the only possible challengers to
Gibbons next year. Reno Mayor Bob Cashell has been mentioned as
another GOP prospect; and Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las
Vegas, and Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid, son of U.S. Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are seen as possible Democratic
Gibbons fared poorly in a late January poll that showed more
than two-thirds of Nevada voters disapproved of the job he was
doing and only a quarter trusted him to pull the state out of its
current budget crisis.