Former NV-04 candidate Susie Lee (D) will run for the Las Vegas-based House seat that Rep. Jacky Rosen (D) is vacating for a Senate bid. In a campaign announcement, Lee touted her working-class roots and “20 years of service to our local community “building one of the first comprehensive homeless centers in Las Vegas, launching after school programs for at-risk youth, or leading Communities in Schools to become one of the most effective education improvement programs in Nevada.” (release)
Lee, a wealthy philanthropist, became a obvious candidate for the seat once it opened. The DCCC and then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D) tried to draft her for the district last year when then-Rep. Joe Heck (R) left it for a Senate bid. Lee chose to run in the more Democratic-leaning NV-04 and lost to now-Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-04), who had Reid’s support, and former state Assemblywoman Lucy Flores (D) in the Democratic primary to face former Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-04).
Democrats felt Lee would be a better fit in the more moderate, more affluent and less diverse NV-03, which backed President Trump by just 1 point last year. Sources close to Lee said Reid had encouraged her to run in 2018, perhaps making it likely she will benefit from his support now. The DCCC and EMILY’s List also spoke with Lee during the recruiting process.
Republicans already have a crowded field vying for the seat. Former Clark County GOP Chairman Dave McKeon (R), former state Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman (R), state Sen. Scott Hammond (R), and autism advocacy group founder Lynda Tache (R) are running and professional golfer Natalie Gulbis (R) is considering entering. Insurance agency owner Jack Love (D) has also launched a bid. (Hotline reporting)
ON THE ISSUES. “Lee takes a centrist tack on policy, and resists tethering herself to sweeping progressive projects. She said she supports reforms to the Affordable Care Act and reducing prescription drug prices but didn’t commit support to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All proposal.”
And she seems likely to self-fund again. “Even after an expensive loss last cycle — she loaned her campaign $655,000 — she said she and her family are once again willing to invest the money and take the personal risk needed to win the race.” (Nevada Independent)
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