LAS VEGAS -- Former State Senator Sue Lowden will explore a 2014 bid for lieutenant governor of Nevada, according to information sent Wednesday by the candidate.
Lowden, a Republican, ran for United States Senate in the 2010 election, losing in the primary to Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. Lowden led early polling in the race to challenge Senator Harry Reid, D-NV, but her now-infamous comments about bartering for health care using chickens.
"Before we all started having health care, in the olden days our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor, they would say I'll paint your house," Lowden said in a televised interview. "I mean, that's the old days of what people would do to get health care with your doctors. Doctors are very sympathetic people. I'm not backing down from that system."
Wasting no time addressing the remark, Lowden's release included this parting quote: "And as for those who think I might be afraid of taking on another tough primary race, let me assure you that I'm no chicken … pun intended."
State Senator Mark Hutchison of Las Vegas previously announced his candidacy in the Republican field, garnering quick endorsements from Governor Brian Sandoval and Senator Dean Heller, R-NV.
A former employee of KLAS-TV, Lowden served in the Nevada State Senate from 1993-97. She also announced Wednesday that former State Senator and current Las Vegas Councilman Bob Beers will serve on her exploratory committee's LLC board.
Current Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, a Republican, is term-limited and cannot run again.