By Lisa Hagen
Nevada’s former state treasurer says she’s considering a run against Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) in 2018, the latest in a number of Democrats showing interest in taking on the vulnerable Republican.
“I’m evaluating the race,” Kate Marshall told the Nevada Independent in a Tuesday interview.
Heller is considered the most vulnerable GOP senator up for reelection next year and the only one running in a state that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. Senate Democrats will largely be on defense in the 2018 midterm elections, protecting 25 seats, while Republicans only need to defend nine.
Marshall served as state treasurer from 2007 to 2015. She unsuccessfully ran in a 2011 congressional special election, as well as for Nevada secretary of State in 2014.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), who won a competitive open seat race last year, is reportedly backing Marshall.
Asked if she met Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) about a possible campaign, Marshall demurred.
“It’s a comprehensive process, and I am still reviewing,” she said.
Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) is also considering a run against Heller, saying in a recent interview that she’s spoken to some people about a potential Senate campaign.
“It’s going to be interesting. I’m thinking about it,” Titus told KNPR, a Nevada NPR affiliate station. “Some people have talked to me about the possibility. It’s a hard decision.”
If she passes on a Senate bid, Titus said she’ll run for reelection to her safe House seat and said that she’s starting to gain “clout” in the lower chamber.
Other Democrats who have been floated as potential contenders are freshman Reps. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.).