Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) who is currently the State Senator representing the 10th District in Nevada, launched his campaign today for the US Congress. Kihuen was first elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 2006, and in 2010 he won the State Senate seat.
Speaking to the Associated Press Kihuen said, "I plan on being the first Latino congressman from Nevada." Kihuen went on to say "We don't want to go out there and be the Latino candidate, obviously it is not going to hurt that I am of Latino heritage."
With Nevada’s large Hispanic voter base and past support from Latino’s, Kihuen may have a good shot depending on which district he will be running in and which other democrats he may face in a primary.
Three other democrats have already announced that they will be running for Congress, Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, former Congresswoman Dina Titus and State Senator John Lee. And everyone is waiting on the new redistricting lines to be drawn up.
Currently, the new redistricting lines in Nevada are up in the air and in the courts hands, since the Nevada legislature was unable to come to a consensus. Democrats control both chambers in the legislature and passed two separate redistricting maps, only to have Nevada’s Republican Governor Brian Sandoval veto both of them, and the democrats do not have a veto proof majority.
To learn more about Ruben Kihuen and watch his video announcement visit his website RubenforCongress.
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