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Assemblywoman Monroe-Moreno running to chair state Democratic Party

Updated February 8, 2023 - 5:02 pm

Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno, D-North Las Vegas, announced her bid Tuesday for chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party in the 2024 election cycle.

Monroe-Moreno would become the state party’s first Black woman to serve as chair if she’s elected on March 4.

“Going into the 2024 election cycle, Nevada Democrats deserve new leadership dedicated to unity, transparency, and, most importantly, electing Democrats at every level,” said Monroe-Moreno in a statement Tuesday. “It’s time for our State Party to get back to basics and to reunite our Democratic family.”

Monroe-Moreno, first elected to the Nevada Assembly in 2016, chairs the Nevada Black Legislative Caucus. She said she wants to increase resources, restore trust with grassroots members and local leaders and organize the party year-round.

Alongside Monroe-Moreno, other Democratic activists are running for seats in the state party, making up the “Democratic Unity Slate.”

Former West Wendover Mayor Daniel Corona is running for first vice chair, policy advisor and law clerk Francisco Morales is running for second vice chair, North Las Vegas Democratic Club President Leilani Hinyard is running for treasurer and former state party executive director Travis Brock is running for secretary.

“Our Democratic Unity Slate is qualified, experienced, diverse, and ready to put in the work to get our State Party back on track,” Monroe-Moreno said in a statement.

Judith Whitmer is currently the party’s chair and was first elected in 2021 after defeating Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom. Her win shook up the state party’s power structure, with its more liberal wing taking over party positions. She was endorsed by the state party’s Left Caucus, which she founded, and the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

“I welcome all Democrats that want to run for chair,” said Whitmer, who is running for re-election. “We’re all on the same side, we’re all doing the work, so it’s not unexpected and not surprising that someone else would choose to run. We’re going to have a fair election and that’s all that matters.”

Whitmer added that she has already implemented her opponent’s goals, from running a party year-round to helping elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

“We’ve been the leading the way on every single one of these things … and making sure that we’re doing everything to elect Democrats, to keep the party efficient, successful,” Whitmer said. “That’s our mission, and we continue to excel.”

Contact Jessica Hill at jehill@reviewjournal.com. Follow @jess_hillyeah on Twitter.

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