and she’s termed out after this year. In the Assembly, the GOP only
has two women — conservative Michele Fiore and moderate Melissa
But that situation could change dramatically next year.
While Cegavske will leave, it is well-known that Senate Minority
Leader Moderate Mike Roberson is singularly intent on anointing a
woman candidate to replace her, any woman, no matter how
under-qualified said woman might be when compared to the impressive
political resume of Assemblyman John Hambrick, who is very interested
in the seat and highly deserving of a shot at it.
Similarly, in the Senate District 9 race against incumbent Democrat
Justin Jones, Roberson is also trolling for a woman candidate and may
have settled on Becky Harris — a failed Assembly candidate in 2012 who
doesn’t even live in the district but is able to move there. And
there’s also Mari St. Martin, who ran for that seat last year and
might want to give it another go.
Meanwhile, a number of promising conservative women are stepping up to
the plate in state Assembly races and could significantly boost the
roster of members of the fairer sex.
Assemblywoman Michele Fiore is likely to hold onto her seat despite
rumored efforts by some moderates in her caucus to field a primary
challenger against her in the District 4 race in Las Vegas.
Dr. Robin Titus is almost a shoe-in to replace moderate Assemblyman
Tom Grady in the District 38 seat in Lyon County.
Lisa Krasner has an excellent shot at knocking off moderate
Assemblyman Randy Kirner in the GOP primary next year for his strongly
Republican District 26 seat in Reno.
Jill Dickman is a longtime GOP activist in Reno who has a great shot
at knocking off incumbent Assemblyman Skip “Union Label” Daly, the
only Democrat currently representing a GOP-majority district.
Rumors continue that moderate Assemblywoman Melissa Woodbury of
Henderson might make a run for state Controller, or even just retire
outright. If so, conservative Amy Groves, who unsuccessfully ran in
2010 in a huge D-majority district, has property in District 23 and is
seriously considering running there.
And Victoria Seaman, also an unsuccessful candidate in 2010, told me
Friday night she intends to run to replace Democrat incumbent
Assemblyman William Horne, who is termed out of his District 34 seat
in Las Vegas.
And I’m sure there are others yet to come.
So not only could the GOP caucuses become more conservative for the
2015 session, it’s likely to look a lot better, too!
Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public
policy grassroots advocacy organization. He may be reached at