Republican Assemblyman Ty Cobb will run for State Senate District 4 (Washoe) in 2010. Expect a formal announcement soon.
The seat, currently held by term-limited Randolph Townsend, is safely Republican so the real battle will be in the June GOP primary. Ben Kieckhefer, the former communications director for Governor Gibbons, and activist Todd “Taxpayer” Bailey are the current candidates.
But with Cobb sitting on $75k, a precinct captain list almost completed, voter name recognition in the district and a large upcoming fundraiser he would seem well-positioned to make the jump.
Of course, that now leaves another big question. Who will replace him in AD-26? Another safe GOP seat, this one could become crowded fast. One possibility is Mike Dillon, who ran a close race against Cobb in the 2006 primary. Another potential candidate is Todd Taxpayer. He’s running for the State Senate now, but one could fairly assume he might not want to be responsible for drawing any conservative votes away from Cobb.
Or what about Sharron Angle? She’s running for U.S. Senate but has to realize her chances of winning the primary are slim to none. So why not jump back into the Assembly seat she held up until 2006. Her entry would probably guarantee the field would thin fast.