Friday, May 8, 2020 | 2 a.m.
The spirit of public service is alive and well in Southern Nevada, as shown by a strong and diverse field of candidates competing in the June 9 statewide primary election.
This week, Clark County voters will begin receiving ballots in the mail for the primary.
Congressional, state and local offices will be up for grabs in the unprecedented all-mail election, in which voters can fill out their ballots and mail them in anytime before the June 9 election day. As voters consider their choices, the Sun offers our recommendations today in select races. (For a full list of candidates in contested nonjudicial primary races, see the end of this editorial. Not all races include an endorsement.)
Reps. Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steven Horsford
The Sun strongly endorses the Democratic incumbents in Southern Nevada’s 1st, 3rd and 4th congressional districts: Titus, Lee and Horsford, respectively.
Voters had the good sense in 2018 to send all three to Washington and help Democrats regain the majority of the House. Titus, Lee and Horsford all have served commendably. They deserve another two years representing our region.
As for the Republican side, it’s a disappointing field short of public leadership experience and long on Trump-era extremism. We can’t recommend any of these candidates.
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District 18: Liz Becker
Becker’s background as a climate scientist, educator and longtime volunteer in the gun safety movement primes her to represent Southern Nevada on some of the most far-reaching and important issues facing the region. The winner between Becker and Ronald Bilodeau will face Scott Hammond, the Republican incumbent.
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The Sun endorses the following incumbents:
District 10: Rochelle Nguyen (D)
District 14: Maggie Carlton (D)
District 15: Howard Watts III (D)
District 19: Chris Edwards (R)
In select races without incumbents:
District 2: Jennie Sherwood
In the 2018 general election, we endorsed Republican incumbent John Hambrick for this seat over Sherwood, a Democrat, based on Hambrick’s longtime experience in office and his moderate stance. Hambrick is gone, having been term-limited, and Sherwood returns to the ballot. She was a strong candidate then, and is a strong one now.
District 6: Shondra Summers-Armstrong
Summers-Armstrong’s experience as a union steward at the Regional Transportation Commission, where she’s worked for 20-plus years as an accounting technician, gives her an edge in the Democratic primary.
District 7: Cameron “CH” Miller
Miller gained political experience working on the campaigns of Tyrone Thompson, the popular state assemblyman who died last year. Miller also has been part of Democratic presidential campaigns and is the choice of the Assembly Democratic Caucus. He’s our pick too.
District 18: Venicia Considine
Considine, the director of development and community relations at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, stands out among the four Democrats seeking this seat.
District 20: David Orentlicher
Orentlicher, a UNLV law professor who co-directs the university’s Health Law Program, shines in the four-candidate Democratic primary.
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Clark County Commission
Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Michael Naft, Hunter Cain, Ross Miller, Isaac Barron, Moises “Mo” Denis and William McCurdy II
The Sun endorses the two incumbents: Kirkpatrick in District B and Naft in District A. Both are Democrats. Kirkpatrick faces no primary opposition, while Naft is competing with Democrat Kenneth O’Sullivan. Naft was appointed to this seat after Steve Sisolak was elected governor in 2018. He has served capably and deserves a full term.
In District C, Cain and Ross Miller offer voters a compelling choice. Miller, the former Nevada secretary of state, is the most prominent of the six Democratic candidates seeking the seat. But Cain, a Middle East combat veteran who spent 10 years as a senior-level assistant to Rep. Dina Titus, would be a strong selection.
In District D, Democrats face an extraordinarily difficult choice. The seven candidates include Barron, a North Las Vegas city councilman; Denis, a longtime state senator; and McCurdy, who also served in the Legislature before becoming chairman of the state Democratic Party. We’re intrigued by McCurdy, who at 32 is a rising star in Nevada politics, but Denis and Barron have been superb in their positions. We don’t think voters could go wrong with any of the three.
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Nevada Board of Regents
Of the two seats that will be on the ballot, the Sun will offer an endorsement on only one: Nigam in District 3. Nigam is a financial analyst who has served on the Nevada Equal Rights Commission and numerous other boards, including the Las Vegas chapter of the NAACP. He is exactly the kind of person who should be on the state Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s universities and colleges similar to how a school board oversees a public school system. In the other primary among the regents, District 5, the Sun actively chooses none of the above between Patrick Boylan, Nicola “Nick” Spirtos and Kevin Child. Nothing in their records suggests they’re suited to be regents; in fact their records are disqualifying.
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CCSD Board of Trustees
Lola Brooks, Alexis Salt, Lisa Guzman
In District E, incumbent Brooks and challenger Salt get our endorsement in a seven-candidate field. Salt is a longtime high school teacher in the Clark County School District and has been a strong and visible advocate for both her colleagues and students at board meetings.
In District A, third-generation educator Guzman has drawn a slew of endorsements, including from the Nevada State Education Association, the National Education Association of Southern Nevada and the Culinary Union. We support her as well over her seven opponents.
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Following is a list of contested Southern Nevada primary races in the June 9 statewide primary election, including the Sun’s endorsements in select contests.
Our choices are boldfaced. Please note that this list includes only nonjudicial positions.
House of Representatives
Democrats: Dina Titus*, Allen Rheinhart, Anthony Thomas Jr.
Republicans: Joyce Bentley, Joshua Elliott Jr., Edward Hamilton, Citlaly Larios-Elias
Democrats: Susie Lee*, Dennis Sullivan, Tiffany Watson
Republicans: Brian Nadell, Corwin Newberry, Melinda Robinson, Daniel Rodimer, Dan Schwartz, Victor Willert
Democrats: Steven Horsford*, George Brucato, Chris Colley, Gabrielle D'Ayr, Jennifer Eason, Gregory Kempton
Republicans: Rosalie Bingham, Leo Blundo, Jim Marchant, Charles Navarro, Sam Peters, Randi Reed, Lisa Song Sutton, Rebecca Wood
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Democrats: Richard Carrillo, Roberta Lange, Ellen Speigel
The Sun believes all three candidates are good choices.
Republicans: Joshua Dowden, Edgar Miron Galindo
Democrats: Liz Becker, Ronald Bilodaeu
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Democrats: Eva Littman, Radhika Pochampally-Kunnel, Jennie Sherwood, Joe Valedes
Republicans: Heidi Kasama, Taylor McArthur, Christian Morehead, Erik Sexton, James Small
Republicans: Richard McArthur, Donald (Donnie) Gibson
Republicans: Mack Miller, Retha Randolph , Mitchell Tracy
Democrats: William Robinson II, Shondra Summers-Armstrong
Republicans: Katherine Duncan, Geraldine Lewis
Democrats: Cameron Miller, John Stephens III
Democrats: Rochelle Nguyen*, Jesse Holder
Democrats: Maggie Carlton*, James Frennell II
Democrats: Howard Watts III*, Burke Anderlson
Democrats: Russell Davis, Cecilia Gonzalez, Joseph Sacco, Geoffrey VanderPal
Democrats: Venicia Considine, Clarence Dortch, Charlene Frost, Alicia Ortega
Republicans: Chris Edwards*, Ann Black-Geudry
Democrats: Zachary Logan, Michael McAuliffe, David Orentlicher, Emily Smith
Democrats: David Bagley, Elaine Marzola
Republicans: Troy Archer, Steven Delislle
Republicans: Jaylon Calhoun, Claudia Kintigh
Republicans: Jacob Deaville, Andrew Matthews, Michelle Mortensen, Lisa Noeth
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Clark County Commission
Democrats: Michael Naft*, Kenneth O’Sullivan
Democrats: Patsy Brown, Hunter Cain, Gary Hosea, Ross Miller, Jennifer Penney, Fayyaz Raja
Democrats: Isaac Barron, Moises “Mo” Denis, Tanya Flanagan, Deepen Kothari, William McCurdy II, Jesus Moreno, Dillard Scott
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Board of Regents
District 3: Byron Brooks, Lachelle Fisher, Swadeep Nigam, Stephen Siberkraus
District 5: Patrick Boylan, Kevin Child, Nicola “Nick” Spirtos
The Sun actively chooses none of the above in this race.
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District A: Andrew Cartwright, Kari Deike, Lisa Guzman, Amanda Kennedy, Liberty Leavitt, Jshauntae Marshall, Anand Nair, Michael Rowe
District B: Kasina Douglass-Boone, Cortland Hill, Jeffrey Proffitt, Chris Shank, Ebony Sherman, Jack Stanley, Bryan Wachter, Katie Williams Melton
District C: Antonio Bowen, Barbara Dreyer, Carol Ferranti, Evelyn Garcia Morales, Tameka Henry, Walter Jones, Noel Searles
District E: Lola Brooks*, Elysa Arroyo, Christopher Craig, Tiger Helgelien, Tracey Lewis, Christian Robertson, Alexis Salt