Democrat Blumberg unveils plans to pursue District 2 Assembly seat

A Democratic attorney and community activist plans to make a second run for the state Assembly, he said Thursday.

Carlos Blumberg, 33, is running for the seat formerly held by Republican Garn Mabey, who served as Assembly minority leader but is not running for re-election.

Running against Mabey in 2006, Blumberg captured 44 percent of the vote to the incumbent’s 52 percent. A third party candidate took 4 percent.

At least one Republican has plans to replace Mabey in Assembly District 2. John Hambrick, a retired Secret Service agent and former Clark County Republican Party chairman, is in the running.

Blumberg said Thursday that he thinks he can win this time because there is no incumbent and because Democrats have made gains in voter registration in the traditionally Republican district, which occupies an area in far western Las Vegas that includes the Sun City Summerlin senior development.

Of the approximately 27,000 registered voters in the district as of this week, 44 percent are Republicans, 38 percent Democrats and the rest nonpartisan or members of minor parties. The Republicans’ registration advantage has shrunk since 2006 from about 2,800 to about 1,600 voters.

If elected, Blumberg said his “number one issue” would be health care, including making sure the state takes steps to investigate and address the current public health crisis involving sanitary practices at outpatient clinics. “We have to make sure that never happens again,” he said.

School violence is also something he’d like to see addressed, Blumberg said.

“We need to spend more on schools, we need to raise teacher salaries. If we do that, I think we’ll start to see a trend toward less violence in schools,” he said.

Blumberg was born in Mexico but raised since birth in Nevada. In addition to his work as a litigator in private practice, he is active with multiple Jewish and Hispanic organizations in the Las Vegas area.

Contact reporter Molly Ball at mball@reviewjournal.com or (702) 387-2919.

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