Primary ballot weighted toward state, federal offices

Only one Douglas County political race will take advantage of Nevada's new June primary this year.

At the close of filing on Friday, the race for clerk-treasurer was the only one to muster enough candidates for a primary.

Former Assemblyman Lynn Hettrick was the last person to file on Friday, forcing a three-way race with incumbent Ted Thran and challenger Stephanie Brooks.

The June 8 primary election will see substantial participate at the state and federal levels, though.

Two dozen candidates representing five different political views are in the race for U.S. Senate, including Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader.

In addition to front-runners Sharon Angle, Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian, there are 13 Republicans in the race. Challenging Reid in the primary are four other Democrats. The rest of the field is made up of independents, a Tea Party candidate and an Independent American.

Reid's not the only incumbent facing a tough year. Gov. Jim Gibbons is one of a dozen candidates for governor. He faces a more serious challenger in the primary in former Federal Judge Brian Sandoval and North Las Vegas Mayor Michael Montandon. There are five Republicans seeking a trip to the statehouse. On the Democratic side, Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid, son to Harry, faces one other Democrat. There are also a Green Party, a Libertarian, an Independent American and two independents running for governor.

Congressman Dean Heller has one challenger in the primary. The primary will determine which of three Democrats will face Heller in November. There is also an Independent American running.

Stateline resident and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki faces Henderson Republican Barbara Lee Woolen in the primary. In addition to Reno resident Jessica Sferazza, and former Lt. Gov. candidate Bob Goodman, there are four Democrats seeking the state's backup spot.

Two Republicans, Las Vegans Greory Dagani and Barry Herr are seeking the right to challenge State Controller Kim Wallin, a Democrat.

Las Vegans Travis Barrick and Jacob Hafter will go to a primary to determine who gets to challege Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

In the Capital Senatorial District, Assemblyman James Settelmeyer is facing Dayton resident Steve Yeater in the Republican primary. It's Carson City versus Dayton on the Democratic side with capital resident Robert Potter facing Kevin R. Ranft in the primary. Independent American Cody J. Quirk of Carson City is also seeking the senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mark Amodei.

Three veterans are returning to the District 39 Assembly race for the seat vacated by Settelmeyer.

Independent American David Schumann of Minden and Gardnerville Democrat JoEtta Brown will both be on the November ballot. On the other side, four Republicans are seeking their party's nomination in June, including former County Commissioner Barbara Smallwood, who ran for the seat when Settelmeyer was first elected. Former County Commission Chairman Kelly Kite, Minden resident Jim Wheeler and Zephyr Cove resident Janet Murphy round out the Republican card.

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