Bunce to challenge Nevada senate minority leader in 2014 primaries

The man who ran Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign in Nevada said Sunday he planned to challenge state Sen. Mike Roberson, R-Las Vegas , in 2014.

Carl Bunce, a Republican, was recently replaced as vice chairman of the Clark County Republican Party .

Bunce’s entry into the GOP primary will pit a libertarian-minded conservative against the minority leader of the Nevada Senate, who has become more moderate in the past year.

Roberson, for example, supported spending more money to educate English learners in school. He also has pushed to get the mining industry to pay more taxes to help boost the state budget.

As an example, lawmakers voted to continue $620 million in taxes that were supposed to sunset, he said.

“There needs to be limited government and more accountability,” Bunce said. “They talk about what they’re doing, but in the end they’re intellectually lazy.”

Roberson said he expected to have a Republican challenger.

“Come on in, Carl, the water’s warm,” Roberson said.

The taxes — on business payrolls, retail sales and car registration — had been set to expire June 30.

Also, Carl’s brother, Richard Bunce, announced Sunday he would challenge Lynn D. Stewart, R-Henderson, in Assembly District 22.

“It is official, I am running for office,” he tweeted.

Contact reporter Laura Myers at lmyers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2919. Follow @lmyerslvrj on Twitter.