(Elizabeth Crum/Nevada News Bureau) – When GOP candidate Elizabeth Halseth jumped from the AD-13 to Senate-9 race on the same afternoon Michele Fiore suddenly ditched her state senate seat bid for a shot at CD-1, half the Republicans in the state went into an uproar while a young man named Joshua Gust just smiled.
Today he has even greater reason to grin: both Keystone Corporation and the Retail Association are backing Gust in that primary based on his pro-business platform.
This has got to worry Nathan Taylor and the rest of the GOP field (Scott Hammond, Kelly Hurst and Alan Lefebvre) as well as Leonard Foster (IAP) who are all hoping to snatch up Chad Christensen’s seat in a district that is by no means a slam dunk in the general election.
AD-13 is large: encompasses west Clark County from Hualapai and the 215 over to the Nye County border, runs south along I-15 to the Cali border and then runs north of Centennial Parkway to US 95 all the way up to Indian Springs. It includes both high-density suburban areas and rural communities and has voters in all three Congressional Districts and wards in both Las Vegas and North Las Vegas Townships.
Keystone is an organization made up of business leader-members (who pay dues of $1,000 per year) with a narrow focus: support and advocate for political candidates who favor of low taxation and oppose an abundance of regulation. The Retail Association of Nevada represents and lobbies for retailers across the state.
Good thing Gust’s campaign sent out a press release explaining all this, because the Issues page on his campaign website still says “Coming Soon” so visiting voters would have to guess at his position on taxes and business (or anything else).
Does he know early voting starts in about four weeks and the primary election is in 40 days?
(Ms. Crum is editor of the Nevada News Bureau)