Rep. Shelley Berkley Will Run for Senate in Nevada
by Charles Lemos, Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 01:19:25 PM EDT
Democratic Representative Shelley Berkley, who represents the Nevada First Congressional District that includes Las Vegas, will run for the United States Senate seat being left vacant by the retiring scandal plagued GOP Senator John Ensign.
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray told reporters Thursday morning at a briefing, “Shelley Berkley is running. ... Our polls show her up and winning.”
"These are serious times in our nation’s history and that’s particularly true for Nevada, where our economy has been hit especially hard," Rep. Berkley said in a statement. "As I talk to Nevadans across our state I hear one priority: jobs, jobs, jobs. And that has been my focus, whether it is fighting to prevent more layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters or getting loans for small business that want to grow, or helping Nevada become the clean energy capital of the world."
The Las Vegas Sun’s Jon Ralston first reported the news in his email newsletter. “She had been agonizing but polling, opportunity too appealing,” Ralston wrote.
She is likely to face GOP Congressman Dean Heller, who represents the sprawling Second Congressional District that encompasses most of the state, in the general election. The race is likely to be a competitive one representing an opportunity for the Democrats to pick up a Senate seat.
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