Barlow considering run for state controller

CARSON CITY — Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow announced Monday that he is considering a run for state controller in 2014.

“I have been encouraged by numerous community leaders, friends and family and activists within the Democratic Party to run for the office of Nevada State Controller,” Barlow said in a statement. “I plan to make a final decision regarding the campaign within 30 days.”

Barlow is establishing an exploratory committee to evaluate a run.

Democrat Kim Wallin is the current controller, but term limits will require her to leave office after her second term ends in January of 2015.

Wallin said Monday she will run for state treasurer in 2014.

Current Democratic state Treasurer Kate Marshall will also be termed out in 2015 and is running for secretary of state. Current Secretary of State Ross Miller, also a Democrat, is also termed out and is running for attorney general. Attorney General and Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, who is termed out as well, has made no announcements about any future run for office.

Barlow said in a telephone interview that he considered a run both for lieutenant governor and controller before determining the controller’s position would best suit his credentials and education.

Barlow, who also works as an adjunct professor at ITT Technical Institute, said he will be able to both serve the city of Las Vegas as a member of the council and run a statewide campaign if he decides to go forward in the controller’s race.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to put my administrative skills to work,” he said.

Barlow said he is encouraged with the level of support he has received, from family members, the Democratic Party, donors and constituents, to go forward with the race. There are as yet no other announced Democratic candidates for the office.