Nevada Dems plan to retake control and turn the Assembly blue

LAS VEGAS - The Nevada legislature turned all-republican in 2014.  It was part of a "red wave" across the country that saw 11 democratic-majority legislative bodies turn to GOP control bodies after the mid-term elections.

However, still reeling from the swing in Carson City, Nevada Democrats announced Wednesday their push to regain control of the state assembly.  The announcement was made outside the Clark County Elections office.

"Republicans will come back with these very obstructionist views,": said Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz, D-NV, AD-11.  "We don't want Washington D.C. style politics coming to our state house."

Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Irene Bustamante Adams says her party is focusing endorsements on a single candidate in each targeted district.  Democrats need five seats to regain the majority in Carson City, and the party believes former Assemblyman Jason Frierson, D-NV, AD-8, is a shoe-in for one of them.

"The math is on our side, Frierson said.  There are nine Assembly seats here in Clark County alone that have a Democratic advantage."

District 9 candidate Steve Yeager, an attorney with the public defender's office, says the ballot initiatives are dealing with recreational marijuana and background checks for gun purchases, have high interest with younger voters.  That's an advantage for Democratic candidates.

"The goal there is going to be to make sure they vote all the way down the ballot, and not vote on the ballot initiatives," Yeager said.

Democrats believe three of the nine districts they are targeting are "slam dunks," where registered Democratic voters significantly outnumber Republicans.  The other six districts have slightly more Democratic voters even though Republicans hold the seats.
  
No matter how the election goes in November, Democrats say working with the remaining Republicans will be a top priority.

"I'll say this, the Republicans who were working on serious issues were the ones who were working with Democrats, and those are the ones who helped get actual good policy done," Yeager.

The filing period for candidates wraps up Mar. 18.  Voters will hit the polls for the primary election three months later, on June 14.


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