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Politics and Policy

Steve Sisolak: Nevada's North And South Have Same Issues

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Sisolak talks with a farmer in rural Nevada.
Paul Boger
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Sisolak talks with a farmer in rural Nevada.

The race for Nevada's next governor has drawn a lot of attention. Not only will the election determine who will lead the state for the next four years, but it may also help decide key down-ballot races as well. KUNR's Paul Boger caught up with Democratic nominee for governor Steve Sisolak at a recent campaign event in Northern Nevada to see how the campaign is going and where the candidate stands on certain issues.

"The issues in Northern Nevada are much the same are they are around the state. Education is a major issue for folks," Sisolak said. "They're concerned about their jobs moving into the future, diversifying our economy a little bit, and the availability and accessibility of healthcare."

Over the past several months, Sisolak, who currently serves as chair of the Clark County Commission, has drawn criticism from his opponents for being out-of-touch with voters in Northern Nevada. He says the assessment is unfair.

"I spent 10 years on the Board of Regents. I've been to every part of Nevada there is," Sisolak said. "I spent a lot of time at the University of Nevada and I spent time in Elko, Great Basin and Western Nevada and Truckee and various schools. I think people try to criticize. My opponent has done a lot of that because he doesn't want to talk about what the issues really are, and that's what I'm interested in doing."

KUNR spoke to nonpartisan candidate Ryan Bundy as well. KUNR also reached out to the Republican nominee Adam Laxalt for an interview, but his campaign hasn't responded. We did interview Laxalt before the primary, and you can hear that interview here.

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