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Sandoval will seek re-election, but no guarantee he’ll finish the term



Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval delivers the State of the State address at the Legislature in Carson City, Nev., on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Gov. Brian Sandoval says he has the best job in America, and he wants another four years.

“I will finish my four-year term and seek another four-year term after that,” he told reporters Tuesday.

But he sidestepped a question, as he has before, about whether he would serve out a full four years if re-elected.

There has been political speculation that he might challenge Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., in the 2016 election.

Sandoval has moved up the political ladder quickly, bouncing from one office to another.

He served two terms in the Assembly, representing Reno in the 1995 and 1997 sessions. He resigned in 1998 and was appointed a member of the Nevada Gaming Commission. A year later, he became chairman.

He quit that post to run for attorney general in 2002. He won that race but left office before his term was up to become a federal judge in October 2005.

Then he resigned the federal judgeship to run for governor in 2010.

Sandoval said he loves his job, but it is a lot of hard work.

The political guessing grew Monday when he endorsed Republican state Sen. Mark Hutchison of Las Vegas as the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor.

If the GOP team won, this would permit Sandoval to go for the U.S. Senate and leave a Republican to fill out his term.

Sandoval said Tuesday he chatted with Hutchison about the run for lieutenant governor. He said no other candidate has contacted him about seeking the post of lieutenant governor.

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  1. Please Gov. Sandoval, run against Miserable Harry Reid in 2016 and finally put this horrible Nevada embarrassment in our rear view mirror once and for all. He's done enough damage.

  2. Sandoval is more interested in promoting the GOP agenda then helping Nevada. This is purely party strategy and will reset Nevada's seniority in the Senate to near zero.

  3. For a moment, please excuse my sarcasm based on the context of this article (I sure miss Jon Ralston here in the LV Sun!):
    Well, golly gee, we dropped the ball and didn't get on up to Carson City soon enough to ask the good Governor if one of us could be his running mate this next election. Aw shucks! Guess he (and ultimately US) will all have to settle on State Senator Mark Hutchinson (who will become GOVERNOR, when Sandoval leaves mid-term)! No offense, Senator Hutchinson.

    It is no wonder Governor Sandoval has played it safe, held his cards close to his chest, and has virtually mentioned nothing to the People of Nevada up to now. All this confirms that the very people in the trenches who get out there to vote can expect the very same for ANY office Sandoval aspires to. We are all "okay" with that you know. But it really doesn't matter what we think, except for the things we are supposed to think. Right?

    Common sense switched back on: For several years now, we have seen Brian Sandoval work hard, lay low, play a very safe political game, and graciously rise through the ranks fair and square. On several occassions, demonstrating his competency, he stepped up to the plate and made the necessary statements and took his stand. For that, he is respected and has earned public confidence and trust. It is just the spector of his leaving mid-term to take yet another higher level job, that just doesn't feel right, it is quite unsettling. Why not just run for Vice President of the United States, or President, and get it over with? Not that much gets actually done in government anyhow in forever in gridlock Washington, D.C.! Just saying.....

    Good Luck Governor Sandoval and Senator Hutchinson. And Good Luck Nevada, you are still the king of gaming, even when folks leave you half way through their game, er, jobs---we're getting used to it!

    Blessings and Peace,

  4. Hmmm... I wonder who the Republican candidate will be?

  5. What is Sandoval running on? 9.3 percent unemployment, ranked near bottom for science and tech jobs, the highest foreclosure rate in the country, tax revenue fell by 7 percent, the worst school system in the nation? If failure is a reason to re-elect a governor than Brian Sandoval is your man.