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Nevada Senate Democrats hire new executive director

CARSON CITY — State Senate Democrats on Wednesday announced they have hired a “seasoned political operative” to help protect and expand their majority.

Cheryl Bruce has been hired as the organization’s new executive director.

“We’re excited to welcome Cheryl to the Nevada Senate Democrats and we’re confident she’ll help us continue the progress we’ve made winning seats and delivering results for hardworking Nevadans,” said Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford, D-Las Vegas.

Bruce previously served as deputy director of the North Carolina House Democratic Caucus. In that role she recruited candidates, set campaign plans and was in charge of caucus fundraising.

Senate Democrats have an 11-9 advantage over Republicans in the state Senate, with one Independent voting with Democrats. Democrats also control the Assembly. Gov. Brian Sandoval is a Republican.

The stakes are higher for Senate Democrats than they might be otherwise because ofrecall attempts against two Democratic members, Nicole Cannizzaro and Joyce Woodhouse, and the Independent, Patricia Farley, a former Republican who is not seeking re-election.

Democrats have four open seats in 2018, but all are considered safe. Republicans have six seats open, and two have Democratic voter registration edges. Farley’s Senate 8 district has a slight Democratic voter registration edge.

“Cheryl’s extensive legislative caucus experience in a battleground state environment will help us expand our Democratic majority in the 2018 election cycle by defeating the GOP’s baseless recall petitions and helping our candidates run cutting-edge campaigns,” said Ford, who announced this week he is running for attorney general.

Contact Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3820. Follow @seanw801 on Twitter.

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