As filing for office begins, the following is my initial “Top 5” list of Assembly races for conservatives who are looking to “trade up” from a tax hiker to a Tax Pledge signer in this year’s GOP primary cycle…
1.) Amy Groves: Running against tax-hiking Assemblyman Steve Silberkraus in Henderson.
This is a GOP primary re-match from 2014. Silberkraus only won by 400+ plus votes the first time around, but that was before Steve-o voted for the largest tax hike in state history.
Groves is a businesswoman, an experienced campaigner, has a great sales background, and has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
2.) Diana Orrock: Running against tax-hiking Assemblyman David Gardner in Las Vegas.
Orrock is Nevada’s Republican National Committeewoman and a former Ron Paul organizer. So she understands the political game, is unafraid of taking on the GOP establishment, has strong roots in Nevada’s business community, and has signed the Tax Pledge.
3.) Al Kramer: Running against tax-hiking Assemblyman P.K. O’Neill in Carson City.
This one is a little complicated because there are three conservatives who have announced they’re running in the primary. But Kramer is far and away the best horse for conservatives to ride in this race.
Kramer was Carson City’s elected treasurer for about a dozen years, is well-known and well-respected in GOP party circles, and has signed the Tax Pledge.
The other two are relatively new to politics and hold great potential for the future. But Kramer is clearly the most conservative candidate who can win this race in June.
4.) Jim Marchant: Running against tax-hiking Assemblyman Glenn Trowbridge in Las Vegas.
Trowbridge was APPOINTED to this seat by the 7 Democrats on the Clark County Commission after conservative Assemblyman Wes Duncan resigned to take a job working for the Attorney General’s office. So he’s never faced Republican voters at all, let alone face them after voting for the largest tax hike in state history.
Marchant is a small businessman who has a strong grassroots organization behind him and has signed the Tax Pledge.
5.) Connie Foust: Running against Assemblyman Chris “Let’s Make a Deal” Edwards in Mesquite/Moapa/Henderson/Boulder City.
Edwards has the unique distinction of voting for the $1.4 billion tax hike before voting against it. He is, without a doubt, one of the worst two-faced/fork-tongued politicians I’ve ever encountered in politics.
And that’s saying something!
Foust is a former tea party leader and veteran of the “border wars” back when she volunteered with the Minuteman Project in Arizona. She is a Tax Pledge signer and has a strong grassroots organization behind her.
There are at least another half-dozen Assembly races I’m keeping an eye on, but they don’t appear to be ready to take out of the oven just yet. If/when that changes, I’ll keep conservatives posted as the primary season rumbles along.
Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach and publisher of NevadaNewsandViews.com. You can reach him at ChuckMuth.com.