By Ray Hagar
State Treasurer Kate Marshall of Reno won a landslide victory Saturday in gaining the nomination of Nevada Democrats for the special election for the open seat in the 2nd U.S. House District.
Marshall, who has been elected twice to statewide office as treasurer, won 117 of a possible 122 votes from the party's Central Committee. Retired Washoe County principal Jacques Maye was second with five votes. Rex Ricks of Reno received no votes.
Former Regent Nancy Price of Sparks dropped out of the race Friday, leaving Marshall running against candidates entering politics for the first time. In May, former Regent Jill Derby, who had two strong runs at the 2nd District seat in 2006 and 2008, said that she would not run after first indicating she would.
Marshall stressed that she has a hard campaign in front of her. No Democrat has ever won the 2nd District since its inception after the 1980 census. She urged party members to join her campaign.