New Nevadan runs as independent in CD-3 race

Steven St John, a retired newcomer to Las Vegas, on Tuesday announced he’s running for Congress against U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., as an independent candidate.

St John, 66, proposed a unique idea to let Nevadans vote on legislative issues that come before Congress. He said he would let registered voters — no matter their party affiliation — set up pin numbers by regular mail or email, which would allow them to weigh in with their votes. He said he would then vote with the majority on issues.

“This allows me as their representative to directly represent them combined with having the most accurate information other than polls or surveys,” St John said in a statement. “For the first time, this allows the real opportunity for the ‘people’ to feel like they are directly involved in the decision process which is based on their participation in the legislative process.”

St John said he and his wife have lived in Nevada for more than seven months, coming from California where he worked for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has worked in advertising, marketing and sales.

St John lives in Henderson, which is part of the 3rd Congressional District, now represented by Heck.

Heck’s Democratic opponent is Erin Bilbray, a political consultant.

Candidate filing opens March 3 and closes March 14. The primary is June 10 and the general election is Nov. 4.

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