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Purple Politics: Rural voters voice issues on health care, taxes and the political climate

Bohannon and Street smile and embrace for a photo. They are indoors.
Lucia Starbuck
KUNR Public Radio
Couple Wesley Bohannon (left) and Denise Street in Lovelock, Nev., on Feb. 28, 2024.

What issues matter most during the election for community members in rural Nevada? In this month’s episode of Purple Politics Nevada, host Lucia Starbuck speaks with voters in Lovelock, Winnemucca, Dayton, and Elko about a wide range of issues, including health care, taxes, and mining.

The episode includes Lovelock couple Wesley Bohannon, who would like to see more activities for their three boys and grocery store options, and Denise Street, a Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe member who isn’t relying on lawmakers. Dennis Humphreys, who lives off the grid in Winnemucca, would like lower prices.

As the minority party, Lance Whitney, the Elko County Democratic Central Committee chair, and Tony Stephenson, the Lyon County Democratic Central Committee chair, discuss local politics and how the political climate has changed over the last 20 years.

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Lucia Starbuck is an award-winning political journalist and the host of KUNR’s monthly show <i>Purple Politics Nevada</i>. She is passionate about reporting during election season, attending community events, and talking to people about the issues that matter most to them.
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Purple Politics Nevada is produced by KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck. Vicki Adame is the show’s editor, and Crystal Willis is the digital editor. Zoe Malen designed the show’s logo.