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New state senator enters House race
by Tribune Staff
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State Sen. Greg Brower filed Tuesday to enter the race for the House of Representatives seat being vacated by Rep. Dean Heller in 2012.
State Sen. Greg Brower filed Tuesday to enter the race for the House of Representatives seat being vacated by Rep. Dean Heller in 2012.
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CARSON CITY — State Sen. Greg Brower, R-Reno, filed federal paperwork on Tuesday to formally enter the race for Nevada’s 2nd U.S. congressional (CD2) seat being vacated by Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., in 2012.

Heller has announced his intention to seek the state’s U.S. Senate seat resigned last week by John Ensign. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., has also announced her intention to seek the post.

Gov. Brian Sandoval is expected to appoint a successor to serve the remainder of Ensign’s term by the end of the week. Heller is perceived to be the leading candidate to fill the void given that Sandoval has previously endorsed his candidacy for the Senate.

If this occurs, a special election will be held this year to fill Heller’s congressional seat.

Brower throws his hat into a campaign that is quickly becoming full of prominent Nevada politicians.

On the conservative side of the political aisle, Sharron Angle, known for her Tea Party credentials, has stated her intention to run and so too has former Navy Cmdr. Kirk Lippold.

State GOP chairman Mark Amodei and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki are reported to be eyeing a run as well.

Meanwhile, Democrat Nancy Price, a former regent with the Nevada System of Higher Education, has entered the campaign.

Brower, who was appointed to fill retired state Sen. Bill Raggio’s seat by Washoe County commissioners in January, released a statement on Tuesday stating his reasons for entering the race.

“As a proud Republican, I am excited and humbled to enter the race for CD2,” he said. “I do not take this step lightly and want to be very clear that I am in this important race to win. I believe Nevada is best represented by a strong conservative voice in Washington, D.C., and I am committed to see that we have it.”
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