Tracking surprise filings for public office in Nevada

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Filing for public office in Nevada officially closed on Friday, so now, voters in the Las Vegas valley, have a pretty good example of what the primary ballot will look like in June.

With that said, candidates also have until March 27 to withdraw their names from the ballot, but that’s a rare occurrence.

There are usually a lot of surprises on filing day, and this year didn’t prove to be any different.  In all actuality, the only people who are really happy on filing days are the ones who didn’t draw an opponent at all. 

The race for governor saw two surprising long-shot candidates in former Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura filed to run for governor. Bonaventura is currently under indictment on theft and wiretapping charges. 

Rancher Ryan Bundy made good on his promise to file. Bundy was prosecuted by the government for his role in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff, although charges were eventually dismissed. 

There are a total of 17 people running for governor.  State Senator Michael Roberson, who’s running for lieutenant governor as a conservative, will face two other conservatives in his race: Ex-Assemblyman Brent Jones and independent American Party member Janine Hansen. 

Expect to hear about Roberson’s central role in passing the 2015 commerce tax in that contest. 

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson was headed to an unopposed re-election, but then the Review-Journal published a story saying he didn’t prosecute his assistant for allegedly stealing more than 40,000 from his campaign because of a gambling problem. 

Longtime Las Vegas Defense Attorney Rob Langford filed against Wolfson on the very last day of filing. 

And it’s not just Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo facing a challenge for re-election: Out in Nye County, former Sheriff Tony de Meo has filed to reclaim that office from one-term incumbent Sharon Wherly. 

Ten members of the Nevada State Assembly didn’t draw one opponent. That’s nearly a quarter of the entire 42-member body. 
 
 

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