By Cy Ryan
Kate Marshall, now in her second term as state treasurer, has jumped into the wide-open race for the open 2nd Congressional District seat to succeed Republican Dean Heller, who was named to the Senate.
Marshall, a Democrat, will join at least five other candidates in the Sept. 13 special election.
"Nevadans deserve a voice in Congress that will fight for middle class families, and that's what I intend to do," she said Wednesday.
The district includes a small portion of Clark County and all of the remaining 16 counties. A Democrat has never been elected in that district.
Heller was named by Gov. Brian Sandoval to replace Sen. John Ensign.
Others who have announced for the seat are Democrats Jill Derby and Nancy Price. Republicans intending to run include Sharron Angle, state Sen. Greg Brower and Retired Navy Commander Kirk Lippold. Mentioned as possible candidates are Republicans Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and GOP Chairman Mark Amodei.
The filing period will be May 23-25. The candidate with the highest number of votes will win since there is no primary election.
Prior to being elected treasurer, Marshall worked in the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and was also a senior deputy attorney general for the state assigned to protect small businesses and to prevent gouging at the gas pump.
She has lived in Reno since 1997.