Progressive Endorsements for 2014 Primary Races in Clark County, NV


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April 29, 2014

Updated May 24, 2014

Primary voting started today, May 24, 2014

The endorsements below were written for the Las Vegas Night Beat, the LGBT community newspaper in the Las Vegas area. The Night Beat is published by Bill Schafer, who served as my managing editor when I owned the Las Vegas Bugle from 1986 to 2002. There have been a few upates in two judicial races since it was published.

Compiled and edited by Rob Schlegel

At the request of the Night Beat, prior to each election cycle, a group of progressive and civic-minded individuals with intense interest in Southern Nevada politics, gathers to endorse candidates for various offices up for election. The Night Beat publishes those results, which follow (with a few subsequent edits).

This year for the Primary, early voting begins May 24 and runs through June 6 with regular voting taking place on Tuesday, June 10. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The deadline to register without having to appear in person is Saturday, May 10. In office and online registration can be done from May 11-20 at the Clark County Election offices or online at Nevada Secretary of State’s website.

This list of endorsements is published to help the LGBT community be better informed about candidates and to impact the outcome of the election. Our panel has the best interest of the LGBT community at heart, but your priorities can best be voiced and voted by doing your own research.

Please understand that many races are not listed because there is no Primary. Other races may only have a Republican or a Democrat Primary. In many cases, we may endorse one party’s candidate in the Primary but endorse an opposing party’s candidate in the general.

Races which do not appear on this endorsement list will appear on the general ballot.

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS – DISTRICT 1
– DEMOCRATS –
***Titus, Dina
The obvious choice. Possibly the greatest friend and advocate the LGBT community could have in Congress.

– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS – DISTRICT 3
– DEMOCRATS –
***Bilbray, Erin
Incredible. Compassionate, Witty. Smart. Sensitive, fair. This woman has been supportive of our community all of her life, long before it became politically acceptable to be LGBTQ supportive. Basically, Erin supports anything that improves the lives of human beings. She is strong pro-choice and has a long track record of working to make the lives of people living with HIV better.

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS – DISTRICT 4
– DEMOCRATS –
***Horsford, Steven A.
Clearly Steven, fearless champion for equality everywhere.

– REPUBLICANS –
If you vote in the Republican Primary, try to pick one from Nevada.

GOVERNOR
– DEMOCRATS –
***Frye, Stephen H.
Nice guy. Correct on all the issues and hopefully will be able to pull the dialogue on LGBT and other important issues from the right in the General.
***Hyepock, Chris Rheinhart,
Decent. Mostly in line with a progressive agenda. This is a dual endorsement.

– REPUBLICANS –
***Sandoval, Brian
He signed the transgender equity bills and signed repeal of infamous crimes statute, and also withdrew his defense of Nevada in the Lambda Legal lawsuit over same gender marriage.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
– DEMOCRATS –
***Flores, Lucy
A slam dunk and has never waivered on our issues.

– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement because there are no good choices in this race. Whoever wins this election could end up being governor if Sandoval runs for Senate halfway through his next term as governor.

STATE CONTROLLER
– REPUBLICANS –
***Herr, Barry
Nice guy and a CPA with a solid background. We prefer current Assemblyman Andrew Martin, the Democrat, who has no Primary race.

STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 8
– DEMOCRATS –
***Loop, Marilyn Dondero
Hands down, the best choice with a proven record. Dems need to take this seat, which will be a 180-degree change from the current termed-out Senator.

– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement

STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 9
– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement in the Republican Primary but a word of warning. This will likely be the most expensive and most ugly Senate race in state history. Justin Jones, the Dem, will stand firm on our issues but is being targeted by the GOP in the hope that they can take control of the Senate.

STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 20
– REPUBLICANS –
***Roberson, Michael
If you’re a Republican, you should vote for Michael Roberson. Decent guy, sane and not a tea party nut.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 2
– REPUBLICANS –
***Hambrick, John
Voted for transgender equity bills, and is slowly evolving on other issues.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 3
– DEMOCRATS –
***Araujo, Nelson
HRC member, openly gay and will be great on the issues.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 4
– DEMOCRATS –
***Hinton, Jeff
Good on LGBT and progressive issues. Named teacher of the year for good reason. Hinson also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

– REPUBLICANS –
***Fiore, Michele
Voted with us on several progressive issues – marriage equality and transgender equality, but wants everyone to have a gun – even your crazy neighbor.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 5
– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement but the Dem, Jerri Strasser, will likely win and should prove to be a good legislator.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 6
– DEMOCRATS –
***Munford, Harvey J
Always votes in support of our issues.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 7
– DEMOCRATS –
***Neal, Dina
Stellar supporter! Champion who is not afraid to take on even the most powerful legislators to stand up for what is right.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 9
– DEMOCRATS –
***Yeager, Steve
A deputy public defender who knows Carson City. All around, good guy.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 10
– DEMOCRATS –
***Creedon, J.T.
A strong supporter of the LGBT community, has marched with us in pride parades and participated in HIV events. A strong advocate.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 14
– DEMOCRATS –
***Carlton, Maggie
Longtime supporter. Always great on our issues.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 19
– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement. Dems have a supportive candidate in the General.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 21
– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement. Dems have a supportive candidate (Dr. Andy Eisen) in the General.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 22
– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 29
– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement. Dems have a very supportive candidate in the General.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 34
– DEMOCRATS –
***Fisher, Gary
Most progressive and will certainly be unwavering in his support, although there are several other good candidates in this Primary.

STATE ASSEMBLY – DISTRICT 35
***Healey, James
Hands down. We like this guy. He’s openly gay, progressive and had a stellar first session last year.

– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement

COUNTY COMMISSION – DISTRICT E
– DEMOCRATS –
***Giunchigliani, Chris
One of the strongest champions we’ve ever had. The County Commission is so dysfunctional and, without Chris, very little would get done, much less, understood.

No! Toomin, Lou
Couldn’t Lou just go away? Perennial candidate and gadfly.

– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement

COUNTY COMMISSION – DISTRICT F
– DEMOCRATS –
Brager, Susan
No! When on the school board, Susan voted to end sex ed, abdicated leadership responsibilities, refused every attempt to prevent bullying protections for LGBT students.

***Schneider, Mike
About time we had a Democrat in this seat. He had a 100% record on our issues while serving in the Legislature.

– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement.

COUNTY COMMISSION – DISTRICT G
– DEMOCRATS –
***None of the Above
Too bad this isn’t an option here. Voters would be better served if this seat was vacant, considering the choices. Where’s “None of the Above” when you need it?

– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement

COUNTY CLERK
– DEMOCRATS –
***Goya, Lynn
Hard call, but we’re going with Lynn.

COUNTY RECORDER
– DEMOCRATS –
***Conway, Debbie
She’s the incumbent and doing a good job. Keep her.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR
– DEMOCRATS –
***Cahill, John J.
The only option. Great guy.

CONSTABLE, HENDERSON
– DEMOCRATS –
No endorsement.

– REPUBLICANS –
No endorsement.

CONSTABLE, NORTH LAS VEGAS
– DEMOCRATS –
No endorsement.

JUDICIAL RACES

One of the few things the Las Vegas Review-Journal does right, are their annual “Judging of the Judges” feature (http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/judicial-performance-evaluation). It is the only comprehensive attempt to analyze how a judge performs, once elected to the position. It’s well worth reading.

When the “yes” (for suggested retention) numbers were unusually low in the R-J poll, we have noted those results inside parenthesis, along with any unusually high peremptory challenges. Some studies show the R-J poll may be biased against women by 10 to 12 points since most of the attorney-reviewers are men. In judicial races where there is no opponent, you can express your dissatisfaction by skipping that race.

DISTRICT COURT JUDGES

 DEPARTMENT 1
Cory, Ken

DEPARTMENT 2
***Jefferson, Phung

DEPARTMENT 6
***Cadish, Elissa

DEPARTMENT 7
***Bell, Linda Marie

DEPARTMENT 9
***Togliatti, Jennifer P.

DEPARTMENT 10
No! Walsh, Jessie Elizabeth
Bad judge. Don’t give her a vote. (42% favor retention, 39 peremptory challenges)

DEPARTMENT 11
***Gonzalez, Elizabeth “Betsy”

DEPARTMENT 12
No! Leavitt, Michelle
(46% favor retention, 9 peremptory challenges)

DEPARTMENT 13
***Denton, Mark Ralph

DEPARTMENT 15
No! Silver, Abbi
(65% Y, 8 peremptory challenges)

DEPARTMENT 16
Williams, Tim
(84% favor retention, 18 peremptory challenges)

DEPARTMENT 17
***Villani, Michael
Although conservative, fair-minded judged when it comes to his duties.

DEPARTMENT 18
***Barker, David

DEPARTMENT 21
***Adair, Valerie

DEPARTMENT 22
No endorsement.
No! Johnson, Susan
Bad judge. Time for change. (Only 71% favor retention, 11 peremptory challenges)

DEPARTMENT 24
***Crockett, Jim

DEPARTMENT 26
***Sturman, Gloria J.
Gloria is an excellent judge and understands the importance of protecting minority rights. This is a case where we believe the R-J’s poll of 71% favoring retention and 27 peremptory challenges is a good sign – perhaps attorneys don’t want a fair judge in all cases.

DEPARTMENT 27
Allf, Nancy
(77% favor retention, 25 peremptory challenges)

DEPARTMENT 28
No! Israel, Ron
(Only 61% Y, 42 peremptory challenges)

DEPARTMENT 29
***Scann, Susan

DEPARTMENT 31
No! Kishner, Joanna S.
(69% Y, 16 peremptory challenges)

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT A
No! Voy, Bill
(Only 72% favor retention)

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT B
***Jane D. Femiano

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT C
***Rebecca Burton
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT E
***Hoskin, Charles “Chuck”

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT G
No! Steel, Cynthia “Dianne”
(Only 65% favor retention)

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT J
No endorsement
No! Pollock, Kenneth E.
Not good. (Only 40% favor retention)

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT K
No! Giuliani, Cynthia
(Only 64% favor retention)

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT L
No! Elliott, Jennifer L.
Scores poorly. Time for change. (Only 61% favor retention)

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT O
Sullivan, Frank P.

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT P
No! Pomrenze, Sandra L.
Scores poorly. Time for change. (Only 47% favor retention)

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT Q
***Duckworth, Bryce C.

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT R
No! Henderson, Bill
(Only 71% favor retention)

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FAMILY DIVISION – DEPARTMENT T
***Brown, Lisa M.
Quality candidate. Well liked
No! Nathan, Gayle
Poorly rated. Time for change. (Only 48% favor retention)

REGENT, STATE UNIVERSITY
DISTRICT 3
***Page, Kevin J.
Has been effective. No reason to change.
Spangelo, Bryan
Strong candidate. University professor and definitely qualified, hard worker.

TRUSTEE, CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT – DISTRICT D
***Corbett, Steven “Stavan”
Was previously a State Board of Education member and ally to the community.

TRUSTEE, CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT – DISTRICT F
***Edwards, Carolyn
The only sane option. Carolyn is great.

TRUSTEE, CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT – DISTRICT G
***Cranor, Erin Earlene
Again, the only intelligent option in this race.

SHERIFF FOUR-YEAR TERM
***Burns, Larry
Dual endorsement. Top two vote getters will face off in the General. One of four endorsed by the GOP.

Gronauer, Robert “Bobby G”
Great guy but doesn’t have any money backing him, so he’s a long shot.

***Moody, Ted
Dual endorsement. Top two vote getters will face off in the General.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE – HENDERSON, DEPARTMENT 2
George, Stephen

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE – HENDERSON, DEPARTMENT 3
Gibson, Sr., David S.

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE – LAS VEGAS, DEPARTMENT 11
Goodman, Eric A.
(75% favor retention)

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE – NORTH LAS VEGAS, DEPARTMENT 3
Lee, Chris
(Only 71% favor retention)

 

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12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Scott Wilson on April 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks Rob…very useful!

    Reply

  2. Thanks Scott. Soon, Joey will be able to use the endorsements as well 🙂

    Reply

  3. Posted by L. Turner on May 2, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Excuse me; you’re giving equal endorsement for Sheriff to Larry Burns and Ted Moody. You haven’t done your homework. There is only one progressive candidate in the sheriff’s race, and that’s Ted Moody. Larry Burns isn’t even a Democrat. He presents those who would protect cops over people. Please visit Ted’s web site or FB page to learn more.

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  4. Posted by T. Past on May 24, 2014 at 7:20 am

    You should rethink judge Voy. rHe had been instrumental in having adolescent girls charged with solicitation treated as the victims they are and not as juvenile criminals. He has been a critical voice in effort to stop sex trafficking of juveniles.Please reconsidr and rndorse Judge Bill Voy.

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  5. No love for Romeo Perez in FC J?

    Reply

  6. Also, in the future, it would do your readers better if you left off all the unopposed candidates. Does it really matter if you endorse a stellar candidate like Elissa Cadish even if she is unopposed, por ejemplo.

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  7. Thanks again, Rob!

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  8. Thank you for your endorsements as I did not have the time to research the qualifications of the candidates. I trust that you did a fair job.

    Thanks, Bill & Don

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  9. Posted by Wendy on June 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I disagree with candidate Dina Neal for state assembly woman for district 7 this time around. Due to the fact I live in district 7 & I NEVER see Dina Neal in the community EVER… The only time that i’ve seen her in the community is when its time for her to get re-elected. Im tired of that. What this community needs is a candidate that will make a difference and not just hold a seat. I’m voting for Dr.Steph Taylor because I always see him out in my community making a difference he’s for the people not himself, like our current state assembly woman Dina Neal. God bless them both but I pray that Dr. Taylor wins this cause the community already seen what Dina Neal has done which is NOTHING.

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  10. Posted by Donna Kris on June 4, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I appreciate the time you and others have put into these endorsements. I valued your focus on the benefit of the LGBT regardless of party, and by extension, the benefit of our citizens. I understand the time taken from one’s livelihood to assemble, discuss, consider, weigh, and then have the courage to speak one’s convictions. To this end, all of you are Leaders and I thank you.
    Donna K

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  11. Posted by Gregg Leeser on June 5, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Hi Rob,
    I am having the rare opportunity to see whether our elected officials understand that they are charged with the privilege of speaking on behalf of their fellow citizens while respecting the fact that their voices and opinions do not supersede those of any citizen that they represent.
    As you may be aware of the situation that I am currently dealing with, you may not know that this is expanding exponentially to the point where the question of Federal Civil Rights violations may become an issue.
    What is taking place has given my elected officials the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to perform effectively, responsibly, and prove to me whether they really do understand the responsibilities that come with the job of representation.
    Several have performed far above and well beyond what I would have expected and to those individuals I am truly grateful. Unfortunately, others are patronizing and have a very cavalier attitude with regard to their responsibilities. There are even a few that I dare suggest are misrepresenting themselves to the voters.
    I am sure that you are aware that I am a registered Republican. I have only on a very rare occasion supported a Democratic candidate. This has only been in response to a Republican candidate that I found absolutely unpalatable. Your endorsement of Assemblyman Andy Eisen is well deserved. Not only has he done everything possible to assist during this time of tumult, but he is also someone of character, The first time we spoke, unaware that I was a Republican, he happened to mention how hard his colleagues on both sides of the aisle work for the people of Nevada. It seems to often that in politics people often resort to childish name calling, finger pointing and other behavior that does nothing more than cheapen that person’s message and exposes him/her as someone who is unable to stand on his/her own accomplishments. In order to cover for one’s own failings, some people resort to boorish behavior as a last ditch effort to redirect an negative attention.

    Dr. Eisen is the first Democrat that I can honestly say that I am not only looking forward to supporting this Fall, but am enthusiastic that I have that opportunity. He is an incredibly dutiful, responsive and hard working man who shows sincere interest in the concerns of his fellow Nevadans. Andy Eisen is gracious and a true gentleman who is able to rise above the fray because he is able to rely on his performance alone. As one of Andy Eisen’s constituents, I am proud that he is the face that represents me in Carson City,

    Thanks, Rob!

    P.S.- If asked, Rob, I will actively campaign for him. Conversely, you would be shocked to find that the Democrat/Republican line is rather blurry right now, Some on both sides show little to no interest in Human Rights or Healthcare, things that are of vital importance to our community, Talking a good game is meaningless if unable or unwilling to act when confronted with an actual situation where more than words are required,. It is at times like this that separate those who talk from those who do. Credibility and respect are earned. I hope you don’t mind all of this, but prior to the onset of this nightmare I had never asked myself whether the the people we entrust to represent us are actually doing so.Thanks, Rob. You are a wonderful man, a good friend and I admire all of your hard work!!! 🙂

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  12. Posted by tanklv on June 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks for doing the research for “us” (me), My partner and I always look for your endorsements each elections season. One thing is confusing – you state on some “no” votes that they “only” have 71 or 75 % endorsements, but next state “yes” that some receive a 61% endorsement, or the same percentage as the “no” votes – I thought anything approaching 3/4 is a GOOD thing? But thanks regardless.

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