CARSON CITY — Democratic state Sen. Richard “Tick” Segerblom said Wednesday that he “doubts” he will run for governor this year against Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.
At this point no well- known Democrats have announced that they will run against Sandoval, although Democrats hold a 77,000-voter registration advantage in the statse.
Segerblom, of Las Vegas, and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak have been mentioned as possible candidates.
Filing for political offices in this year’s election will be March 3-14.
“I don’t think I’ll be in the governor’s race this year,” said Segerblom, 65, who had been the state Democratic chairman earlier in his career. “The powers that be are conspicuously silent when I bring the subject up.”
Earlier Segerblom had said he might run for governor if no other Democrat filed for the office.
He first was elected to the Assembly in 2006 and after three terms he was elected to the state Senate in 2012. In the 2013 session, Segerblom, a lawyer, was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. That committee gained a reputation for its camaraderie between Republican and Democrats. He was the primary author of the bill to create dispensaries for providing marijuana to people with medical marijuana cards.
Segerblom’s late mother, Gene, also served in the Assembly.
Political pundits have been writing off any Democrat’s chances of beating the popular Sandoval. In January, the governor reported that his campaign had raised $3 million in 2013. Sisolak and Segerblom reported they spent more than they raised in 2013.
Besides not having a candidate yet for governor, Democrats also have no announced lieutenant governor candidates, although state Sen. Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, is close to announcing what she plans to do. In contrast, Republican lieutenant governor candidates Mark Hutchison and Sue Lowden have been campaigning across the state for months.
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