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Businesswoman joining Senate District 4 race

CARSON CITY — Las Vegas businesswoman Katherine “Katie” Duncan said Friday she will be a Democratic candidate for the Senate District 4 seat also being sought by Assemblyman Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas.

“It is time for us to pick our own representatives and not have them being chosen for us,” said Duncan, who has run unsuccessfully for Las Vegas mayor and City Council.

She said residents urged her to run in part because Atkinson, who lives a couple blocks outside of the boundaries of the district, is moving so he can run for the seat. Atkinson, a 10-year assemblyman, already has been endorsed by the Senate Democratic Caucus. Duncan has lived in the district for 34 years.

Democrats hold a 4-to-1 registration advantage in a race that probably will be settled in the primary. District 4 is represented by Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, who is running for Congress.

The district generally runs north from Bonanza Road on the south, Rancho Road on the west and Las Vegas Boulevard on the east.

“I look forward to raising the bar on the discussion relative to jobs and justice,” said Duncan, who owns an Internet company that helps people reduce energy consumption.

“I will continue to work with renewable energy companies, high-speed rail developers and encourage international trade to diversify Nevada’s economy and attract good-paying jobs.”

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at evogel@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3901.

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