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Jim Wheeler files for third term

by Geoff Dornan
gdornan@nevadaappeal.com

Ruhenstroth Republican Jim Wheeler filed for re-election on Monday, the opening day of candidate filing this cycle.

Wheeler, seeking a third-term in District 39, said he is concerned about the potential increase in the state's cost to support Medicaid, overall the largest single state budget at more than $5 billion. The problem is the federal match for that program is declining as Nevada's economy recovers, forcing the state to shoulder more of the burden.

"I'm not seeing a whole lot of appetite for new taxes," he said.

The district covers Douglas, Storey and part of Lyon counties.

Wheeler said net metering for solar customers also will be an issue this next session. The PUC decision to reduce what solar customers get has proven highly controversial

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., is scheduled to file for another term in the House on Thursday. But he already has challengers. Rick Shepherd filed early Monday and Chip Evans, a Democrat who already has Sen. Harry Reid's endorsement, Monday afternoon.

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No Democrat has ever won a seat on Nevada's Congressional District 2.

Like Amodei, the major candidates this season are scheduled to file later in the week including Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican Rep. Joe Heck, who are vying to succeed Harry Reid in the U.S. Senate.

That race has already drawn two other candidates: perennial candidate Edward Hamilton and D'Nese Davis of Las Vegas.

The filing period runs until March 18.

The primary election is scheduled for June 14. The general election is set for Nov. 8.