Representative Shelley Berkley (D-NV) who is currently the Congresswoman for Nevada’s 1st Congressional District (CD1) has said that she will run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by retiring Senator John Ensign (R-NV) in 2012.
Berkley has represented Nevada’s CD1 since 1999.
Berkley said in part: "This race is about a clear choice for Nevada's future," she said. "While Dean Heller is proudly fighting on behalf of the tea party to dismantle Medicare and Social Security and protect corporations that ship American jobs overseas, I will continue working on behalf of Nevada's middle-class families by creating good paying jobs and keeping our promises to seniors."
"Nevadans know me and they know I will never stop working on behalf of our state, standing up for veterans, creating opportunities for our children, fighting to end Yucca Mountain and helping our economy recover by putting people back to work. There is so much at stake in this election for Nevada. And that is why I have decided to run for the US Senate and work to build a stronger future for our state."
Shelly Berkley who is will known in Nevada has recently made several trips to Northern Nevada in the past weeks meeting with democratic leaders to see how she would fair in the heavily republican parts of our State.
Dean Heller (R-NV) who is currently the congressman representing Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District (CD2) and who has little name recognition outside of Northern Nevada had already announced that he will be running for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Ensign. Both Berkley and Heller may be contested in the 2012 primary in their respective parties, but both are favored to win their parties nomination at this moment.
Berkley has been a strong advocate for Veterans and was a driving force behind the new Veterans Administration Hospital that will open next year in North Las Vegas.
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