With the help of his 6-year-old son, Ender, Brian Dempsey cast his vote Wednesday with high hopes of winning the Democratic Congressional nomination and taking on Mark Amodei in November.
“I feel positive about winning the primary and moving forward into November. Win or lose we’re going to open some eyes and turn some heads running this campaign,” the Gardnerville resident said. “I know this will be a hard campaign to win, but if we can make some progress it will put us in good position for a 2016 run.”
Today is the last day to vote early. On Tuesday, voters will have to go to the polling locations listed on their sample ballots.
Dempsey stepped down from his management position to a clerk position at Smith’s Food & Drug in Gardnerville to devote more time to traveling the state and meeting the constituents.
“It’s going great. I’ve got a lot of support from Washoe Dems, Carson Dems, Douglas Dems and out in all the other rural communities. I’m going to represent the people, not just the party. We need someone who’s for the people, not big business and not foreign mining companies.” Dempsey said. “It’s been rewarding meeting the people and hearing their stories. Stories about hard times paying the bills and putting food on the table.”
Along with education and the economy, Dempsey’s platform includes immigration reform.
“I’ve been hearing stories about immigration reform from people who made the journey into our country illegally. We need to do all we can to get them documented and keep families together,” Dempsey said. “I grew up in a single-family home and I know how important having two parents is.”
At 36 years old, Dempsey said his age hasn’t hurt him in the race.
“The age thing hasn’t been an issue. It’s been more of a blessing because I’m still young enough to reach the young voters,” Dempsey said. “This election is about getting the right person in office. Someone who will do the job he’s elected to do, someone who will work across the aisle to get something done for Nevada and all Americans because the people deserve better, Nevada deserves better and America deserves better.”
As of Thursday morning, 3,262 voters cast a ballot early, with most of those at the Historic Douglas County Courthouse.
Republicans had the highest turnout, with 2,415 to Democrats’ 563 and 284 other voters.
Including absentee ballots, 4,070 Douglas County residents cast ballots in the 2014 primary, representing 14.4 percent of the electorate.