Review-Journal Recommendations for AG, Other Constitutional Offices | EDITORIAL


In addition to the governor, Nevadans will make selections in November for five constitutional positions. The most high-profile is the race for attorney general, in which incumbent Democrat Aaron Ford takes on Republican Sigal Chattah.

Mr. Ford, a former majority leader in the state Senate, has been a progressive advocate for criminal justice reform but has sought compromise in the aisle on the issue. He supports an end to civilian asset forfeiture and pledges to promote transparency and public safety while upholding “the humanity and dignity of the entire Nevada family.” Ms Chattah has drawn attention by challenging numerous state COVID restrictions in court. She vows to fight corruption and not to tolerate “any political favors for the elites”. But she’s also been involved in a handful of incidents that raise questions about her temper. Aaron Ford did nothing to justify a change.

The lieutenant governor serves as chairman of the state senate and serves on boards of directors responsible for tourism, transportation, homeland security, and economic development. Incumbent Democrat Lisa Cano Burkhead, whom Gov. Steve Sisolak nominated to the post in December, is facing a challenge from Republican Stavros Anthony. Ms Cano Burkhead, who spent more than two decades in the Clark County School District before retiring as a high school principal, says she sees the job through ‘the lens of education’ . Mr. Anthony, a former Metro Police captain and Las Vegas City Councilman, has a background in law enforcement and local government that fits well with the duties of this office. We recommend that you vote for Anthony Stavros.

The race for Secretary of State pits Republican Jim Marchant against Democrat Cisco Aguilar. Mr. Marchant, a former lawmaker, is so steeped in election conspiracy theories that he has questioned his own primary victory. Mr. Aguilar is a lawyer who supports current GOP incumbent Barbara Cegavaske. We call to vote for Cisco Aguilar.

Democrat Zach Conine is seeking a new term as treasurer. He touts the work his office has done with state investments, the growth of the college savings program, and the return of unclaimed property. His opponent, Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore, a Republican, continues to be engulfed in self-created drama. Zach Conine did a good job and is the obvious choice.

Two lawmakers are vying for the position of state comptroller, who administers the state’s accounting system, collects debts and manages suppliers. Democrat Ellen Spiegel emphasizes her business background and “strong community service ethic.” Andy Matthews, a Republican who served as president of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, seeks to “be a strong voice for fiscal responsibility.” Mr. Matthews’ aim to shed light on where state money is going would be a welcome reform. We give a narrow advantage to Andy Matthews.


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