Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has some well-known women on his side in Nevada.
The Delaware senator's Nevada Women for Biden Outreach Committee includes Barbara Aupperle, a former president of the state's Service Employees International Union, and Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod, a Democratic activist and daughter of former Rep. Jim Bilbray.
Also on the list are Elizabeth Carter, daughter-in-law of former President Carter and wife of former Senate candidate Jack Carter; Lisa Mayo DeRiso, a Republican community activist who plans to switch parties to caucus for Biden; UNLV professor Mary Hausch; Erin Smith, daughter of Assemblywoman Debbie Smith and an aide to Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley; and Hispanic activist Vicenta Montoya.
Aupperle said she was drawn to Biden because of the Violence Against Women Act he authored, as well as his foreign policy experience.
"Joe has the experience," she said. "Not only does he know what we need to do at home, he's on a first-name basis with many of the world leaders with which we so desperately need to repair our credibility nationwide."
A member of the Senate since 1973, Biden chairs the Foreign Relations Committee and has passed a bill in the Senate endorsing the "soft partition" of Iraq into a federal system with a weak central government.
Although mired in single digits in most polls of Democratic partisans, Biden's campaign sees signs of momentum and hopes a stronger-than-expected showing in Iowa will jump-start his chances.
"As a native Nevadan myself who has long admired these women, I know their support will be invaluable in helping our campaign organize and build support for Senator Biden leading up to a successful caucus night," his state director, Ronni Council, said.
Also boosted by a new Nevada supporter Friday was New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. The Democrat announced that Dr. Jerry Cade will chair his advisory council on gay issues in the state.
Cade, a former member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during the Clinton presidency, said he was impressed with Richardson's outreach to the local gay community.