Heller joins an increasingly crowded field of GOP contenders running to challenge the Democratic government. Steve Sisolak
Saying he “did it” with Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak of Nevada, former Sen. Dean Heller launched the 2022 Republican gubernatorial campaign in Silver State on Monday.
“The people working in Nevada right now are being crushed by this governor. Mask mandate. Discrediting police. Endless lockdown,” Heller alleges in a campaign video announcing his candidacy.
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“I’m sick of seeing abortion clinics open while churches and schools are closed. My grandchildren are playing football in masks. It’s all on government Sisolak,” Heller argues in the video. “I’m running for governor because Nevada is a whole lot better than this guy.”
Heller is a former Nevada Secretary of State and AAP-serving congressman who was appointed to the Senate by the then GOP government. Republican Senator John Ensign resigned amid a scandal to fill the seat left vacant by Brian Sandoval. Heller won a full six-year term in 2012 but lost for re-election in 2018.
Heller said, “After serving Nevada in the Senate, I felt that I was finished with politics.”
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But he alleged “Look what happened to Nevada. We have a governor who is more interested in getting us out of work than getting us back to work. Las Vegas became a sanctuary city. Violent crime exploded. Joe People work for a living. They’re scared. And I had that.”
In his 2018 re-election campaign, Heller ran more of a centrist Republican, reaching across the aisle to emphasize his abilities to get things done. But this time he appears to be taking a more conservative approach, entering the already crowded primary sector.
“Heller is a pro-life conservative. He’s been endorsed by the NRA before,” narrator in the campaign video Spotlight.
And as for former President Trump, who remains hugely influential in GOP politics as he plays kingmaker in the 2022 Republican primary, the narrator highlights that Heller “as Secretary of State, voters The fight against fraud was led long ago. Was popular.” A photo of Heller and his wife joining then-President Trump in Air Force One is seen speaking the narrator.
Heller has become the seventh Republican in the Nevada gubernatorial race. Those already running are North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, a Democrat-turned-Republican, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, businessman and self-described “political outsider” Guy Nohra, and attorney Joy Gilbert.
Representative Mark Amodei (NV-02) has also considered a GOP gubernatorial bid.
Sisolak, the former chairman of the Clark County Commission that oversees the Las Vegas Strip, won election as governor by four points in 2018, becoming the state’s first Democratic governor on the battlefield in two decades.