CARSON CITY — A Southern Nevada lawyer who works with troubled businesses announced Monday he will be a candidate for the Assembly District 4 seat.
Native Las Vegan Jerimy Kirschner, 29, announced he will seek the seat in northwest Las Vegas now held by Assemblyman Richard McArthur, R-Las Vegas. McArthur has announced his candidacy for the new Senate District 18 seat.
“I know people are hurting, and I want to see what I can do to help,” said Kirschner, who added he has been successful in helping companies emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. “My focus is on job creation and living within our budget.”
He added he wants to streamline government rules to make it easier for businesses to organize and expand. Kirschner added he is considering but has not yet signed a pledge to oppose all tax increases.
Republican Kirschner’s entry into the race sets up a primary battle between him and Republican businesswoman Michele Fiore.
Democrats hold a 1.3 percentage-point registration advantage in the Assembly district, but no Democratic candidates have entered the race.
The winning candidate will be the one who works hardest and offer voters the best policies for Nevada’s future, Kirschner said. As a political newcomer, he vowed to work harder than his opponents.
To attract business, state and local authorities need to attend the many business conventions held in Nevada and persuade businesses to relocate or build here .
“We have tons of conventions,” he said. “We need to convince them that Nevada is the right place for you.”
Although state employees have gone through three years of wage cuts, Kirschner said now is not the time to increase wages. He said he favors promising higher pay to make up for some of their losses when the economy recovers.
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