Las Vegas Sun

July 7, 2015

Currently: 80° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Appeal filed over ruling that parties can select candidates for open congressional seat

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller and the Nevada State Democratic Party on Tuesday filed appeals with the Nevada Supreme Court challenging the ruling of a District Court judge who said political parties can choose their candidates for the open 2nd Congressional District seat.

The appeals follow Carson City District Judge Todd Russell’s ruling last week in favor of the Nevada Republican Party. The party challenged Miller’s opinion that a special election to replace Republican Sen. Dean Heller be open to all candidates.

The vacancy to represent the congressional district that covers all of rural Nevada, Reno and portions of Clark County, was created when Gov. Brian Sandoval selected Heller to replace fellow Republican John Ensign, who resigned from the Senate.

Miller additionally requested that the Supreme Court expedite the appeal and accept opening briefs by May 31, answering briefs by June 8 and reply briefs by June 13.

The state Attorney General’s Office, meanwhile, has asked the Nevada Supreme Court to speed up handling of appeals on the lower court ruling.

The Supreme Court has not decided yet whether it will accelerate the handling of the case.

The special election is set for Sept. 13.

Sun reporter Cy Ryan contributed to this report.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 1 comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

  1. This is what happens when u over-regulate. Shouldn't a political party that is privatly funded by its members be able to pick whomever they want to reprisent them?