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The main-event nature of the governor’s race always leaves Nevada’s other constitutional offices on the Election Day undercard. The scant attention paid to these statewide campaigns, however, never correlates to the importance of the offices and the need for capable candidates to fill them.

In the lieutenant governor’s race, incumbent Republican Brian Krolicki faces Democrat Jessica Sferrazza, a 10-year member of the Reno City Council.

The lieutenant governor’s principal duty is leading the state’s economic development efforts. Mr. Krolicki, a former two-term state treasurer, has an excellent understanding of what it takes to form and attract investment capital and how Nevada’s tax climate offers advantages to prospective new businesses.

Ms. Sferrazza has an admirable record in Reno, treating her council post as a full-time job and working with other government entities to chart a new course for the region.

But voters can’t forget that the lieutenant governor steps into the state’s top job if the governor can’t serve. Mr. Krolicki is far better prepared to lead Nevada. The Review-Journal endorses Brian Krolicki for lieutenant governor.

Incumbent Democrat Ross Miller faces Republican Rob Lauer in the secretary of state’s race.

Mr. Miller has had a productive first term in fulfilling many of his campaign promises from four years ago. As Nevada’s chief election and incorporation officer, Mr. Miller has fought to protect the integrity of our ballots and make the state bureaucracy more friendly to business. He led the investigation of voter registration abuses by ACORN, and he’s committed to improving the state’s campaign finance reporting system by mandating the electronic filing of donations and expenses and making the information available to voters before primary and general elections, not after.

Mr. Lauer can’t make a convincing case for himself. Voters can confidently re-elect Secretary of State Ross Miller.

Democrat Kate Marshall, Nevada’s first-term treasurer, is being challenged by Republican Steve Martin, a former state controller.

Ms. Marshall has done an admirable job managing the state’s assets through a period of economic turbulence few could have imagined. Mr. Martin is a solid candidate, but his skill set is better matched to the controller’s office. The Review-Journal endorses Kate Marshall for treasurer.

In the controller’s race, Democrat Kim Wallin seeks re-election against Republican Barry Herr.

Mr. Herr simply can’t match Ms. Wallin’s experience as a certified public accountant and certified management accountant. She’s an easy choice for re-election. The Review-Journal endorses Kim Wallin for controller.

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