Heck announces for governor

Republican former state Sen. Joe Heck is running for governor in 2010, he has announced.

In a news release sent minutes ago, Heck, a physician and Army reservist from Henderson, said he wants to "restore confidence in Nevada government by providing honest, ethical leadership by example."

In seeking the Republican nomination, Heck will be up against incumbent Gov. Jim Gibbons, who has said he plans to run for reelection despite being extremely unpopular. North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon also is seeking the Republican nomination.

To test the waters, Heck recently toured the state's rural counties speaking to local Republican parties at their annual Lincoln Day dinners.

According to the news release, an official kickoff for Heck's campaign is coming soon.

Here's the full release:


Pledges to Restore Confidence and Provide Strategic Leadership

Henderson – Former Nevada State Senator Joe Heck today announced that he will run for Governor in 2010. Dr. Heck made his decision after careful consideration, conversations with family, and completing a tour of the rural counties during the annual Lincoln Day celebrations.

“I was heartened by the warm reception I received and the words of encouragement offered by so many people across Nevada,” said Heck.  “In every corner of this state people are asking for stronger leadership to help us diversify our economy, create new jobs and put an end to the political games in Carson City”.

Dr. Heck, a small business owner and emergency room physician, represented State Senate District 5 from 2004-2008, concentrating on education reform, access to healthcare, and fiscal responsibility. His committee assignments on Commerce and Labor, Health and Human Services, Natural Resources and Vice-Chair of Transportation and Homeland Security provided a broad perspective of the issues facing all Nevadans.

“Nevadans face unprecedented challenges punctuated by a lack of trust in our economy and our government,” continued Heck.  “My experience as a state senator, physician, senior military officer, and small business owner has provided me with the skills necessary to chart a strategic course for the State of Nevada. One that will lead our State and its residents back to prosperity and restore confidence in the political process.”

Heck stressed his commitment to restore confidence in Nevada government by providing honest, ethical leadership by example.  “When government leaders put politics ahead of the people it creates bad policy and partisan gridlock,” said Heck.  “If elected Governor, I will ensure our government works harder and smarter for the people of Nevada.”

An official campaign kick-off is expected in the coming months.