PRIMARY ELECTION 2024

Democracy and your rights are under attack in this election. How Congress (Senate & House) is decided will affect women’s rights, same-gender marriage, gender equality, access to voting, immigration reform and wages.

During the 2024 Primary, some races were decided by a few dozen votes.

We must keep our majority in Congress, the state legislature, judicial races, the even the Nevada Secretary of State office, where a fake elector must be defeated.

Please vote and urge your friends to vote.

Visit https://Vote.org to check your registration!

Here’s the latest Nevada Impact and Las Vegas Spectrum voter’s endorsement guide. We’ve been doing a voter endorsement guide since 1995 and while this year’s guide is a bit late, there’s still plenty of time for early voting and of course the primary election.

The Nevada Impact guide was originally part of the Las Vegas Bugle and was shared through other print and online media, including QVegas, the Las Vegas Night Beat and most recently, the Las Vegas Spectrum. The Spectrum’s print edition, with it’s 11,000+ monthly distribution, fell victim to COVID-19 and Donald Trump’s appointment of Luis Dejoy as US Postmaster.

We encourage you to share the guide. Any other publication is authorized to use this via either print or links.

For the moment, everything at the LV Spectrum is online but the Spectrum hopes to have a print issue available prior to the general election.

Several local groups have voter guides, some with endorsements and some only with information. We suggest guides from Battle Born Progress or Institute for a Progressive Nevada, the HRC, Silver State Equality, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), Nevada NOW (National Organization of Women) and your local union.

While our issues have a large emphasis on LGBTQ+ policies, we’re also committed to women’s equality, living wage issues, racial equality, comprehensive immigration reform, safe gun laws, the right to choose (the right to abortion), conservation and protecting our environment, protecting the right to vote and ending gerrymandered voting districts.

Please note: We are aware of several LGBTQ+ candidates who are running. Some we endorsed but some we did not. It’s not a matter of their principals, it’s a matter of who can realistically get elected.

We intend to have our general election endorsements online by mid-September but always check our website. https://NevadaImpact.com for the latest from our group.

Meanwhile, please keep in mind that this voter’s endorsement guide, while edited by Rob Sclegel, several long-time community and political leaders contribute to this list.

To check your voter status, register, change address, check dates, etc., visit the Clark County Voter Services website. Here is a shortened website address for your convenience:

http://tiny.cc/clarkvoter

LGBTQ+ Progressive Voter Guide 2024

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LGBTQ+ | Progressive endorsements

Our choices are as follows:

US SENATE
Rosen, Jacky S (D)
 The Dems must keep control of the Senate. Without it, more right-wing and corrupt judges or justices will get lifetime appointments

REP. IN CONGRESS DIST. 3
Lee, Susie (D)
Willing to work across the aisle to get things done. As a Member of Congress, she’s on top of her game, looking out for us. Kudos to RockAthena Brittain for calling attention to Project 2025, but it’s not in our best interest to challenge Lee, a long-time ally of our community, who is equally vested in defeating this right-wing extremism 

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 1
Michelee ”Shelly” Crawford (D)
Former SEIU, very friendly on LGBTQ+ issues. Supported by Pat Spearman. Shelly is the Equal Opportunity officer for the Nevada National Guard.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 3
Rochelle Nguyen
It’s a win-win with either of these two. Rochelle is the incumbent but Culinary wants her gone.

Geoconda Hughes (D)
Geo Hughes is an ER nurse. Culinary endorsed her over Rochelle due to some differences in Carson

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 4
Neal, Dina (D)
The City of North Las is trying to take this woman down because they’re not happy over her bill to save Windsor Park. She’s done a good job. Let’s keep her.

Laura Perkins (D)

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 5
Christian Bishop (D)
A tough call but Jennifer Atlas was a lobbyist for The A’s stadium public funding. That money should have been invested in schools.

Jennifer Atlas (D)

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 18
Joseph, Iman (D)
This is an open race with no incumbent. Lots of money being poured into the Republican side, as they see this as a likely pickup. Dems need this seat for a veto-proof legislature, especially since we have tRump-supporting governor

Bilodeau, Ronald “Ron” (D)
Connors, Donald (D)

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 19
Hockstedler, William (R)
There is no D running, so this seat will be R. We consider Hockstedler the best of the bad. He’s a selfdescribed moderate, so we’ll give him the nod.

STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 6
Jackson, Jovan (D)

Rimson, Derek “Bish” (D)

STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 7
Flanagan, Tanya (D)

Fennell, James (D)

STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 9
Yeager, Steve (Dem)
He’s the Speaker of the Assembly. Let’s keep good leadership.
Celio, Adeline

STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 10
Karris, Venise (D)

Greenwood, Kyle (D)
Thomason, Val (D)

STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 11
Moore, Cinthia (D)


Lambert, Thomas (D)

STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 16
González, Cecelia (Dem)
She’s “one of us.” Endorsed by the Assembly Dem. Caucus. Active with Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), which gives her credentials.
Chase, Eva (D)

STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 17
Montgomery, Mishon (D)
“Family” and retired USAF, dealing with equal opportunity and equity. Career airforce retire, 
Roberts, Chauntille (D)

STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 19
No D candidate running. In 2022, they elected a blithering idiot, homophobe. Live here? Run!

STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 23
Gallant, Danielle (R)
No opponent. Again, if you want to get into politics and live in this district, consider running!

STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 42
Brown-May, Tracy (D)
Has done a great job. Let’s keep her.
Zaidi, Sayed (D)

CLARK COUNTY COMM. DIST A
Naft, Michael (D)
No primary, goes to Nov. general. For- mer Chief-of-Staff to Congesswoman Dina Titus. Impressive job.

CLARK COUNTY COMM. DIST B
Kirkpatrick, Marilyn (D)
No primary, goes to Nov. general. A real ally on the Commission. Super sharp, knows her stuff.

CLARK COUNTY COMM. DIST C
Cain, Hunter (D))
We’re keen on both Cain and Bil- bray-Axelrod. Either of these two Dems would be good. Both are long- time supporters and have proven their value.

Bilbray-Axelrod, Shannon, (D)

Powers, Gail (R)
If you’re voting in the Republican pri- mary, consider Gail Powers. She would also make a great commissioner and better than the incumbent.

STATE AND DISTRICT NON-PARTISAN OFFICES

REGENT STATE UN. DIST. 1
Fernandez, Carlos (NP)


Bowen, Matthew (NP)
Zeller, Ida (NP)

REGENT STATE UN. DIST. 4
Fernandez, Carlos (NP)


Holmes-Sutton, Tonia (NP)


Carrillo, Richar (NP)
McMichael, Sr., Donald (NP)
Stamper, Shawn (NP)

MEMBER, STATE BOARD OF ED. DIST. 3
Ford, Danielle (NP)
Strong public education supporter, strong on LGBTQ+ issues, helped push gender curriculum through. She is a budget hawk and called out CCSD Jara and his cabinets over misuse of public dollars.

Cantu, Rene (NP)
Kurys, Jasmine (NP)

MEMBER, STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DIST. 4
Hughes, Tim (NP)

TRUSTEE, CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DIST. A

Binder, Anna (NP)
Active in special ed programs, serves on several CCSD committees, helped push through gender curriculum, attends board meetings regularly.

Catarat, Karl (NP)
Could also be a good pick
McKinley, Mercedes (NP)
Could also be a good pick.
Puaina, Rachel (NP)
Watch out! Puaina is supported by Moms for Liberty. Bad, bad news for equality and gender education.
Stevens, Emily (NP)

TRUSTEE, CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DIST. B

Eady, Eileen (NP)
Active at CCSD, good choice.

Burns, Samuel “Russ” (NP)
Dominguez, Lydia (NP)
Watch out! Dominguez is supported by Moms for Liberty. Bad, bad news for equality and gender education.
Plummer, Robert (NP)

Self, Doug (NP)
Singh, Deven (NP)

TRUSTEE, CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DIST. C

Henry, Tameka (NP)
Works with our non-profits, a woman of Color, active in the district. Knows how CCSD works (or doesn’t).

Friends, Frank (NP)
Bad, bad news for equality and gender education.
Garcia Morales, Evelyn (NP)
She’s the incumbent and bad news. Mean and vindictive.
Teacher, Christopher (NP)
Thompson, Dante (NP)

TRUSTEE, CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DIST. E

Bywaters, Kamilah (NP)
Activist mom, speaks eloquently and regularly at school board meetings. She and Tameka Henry helped organize protest over school police brutality. 

Biassotti, Lorena (NP)
Watch out! Biassotti is supported by Moms for Liberty. Bad news for equality and gender education
Kissling, Ryan (NP)

Lither, Leonard (NP)
Logie, Joshua (NP)
Meguerian, Carlo (NP)
Alsman, Paula (NP)
Setters, Jeremy (NP)
Tramp, Matthew (NP)

BOULDER CITY COUNCIL (VOTE FOR 2)

Fox, Matt (NP)
Restaurant owner in BC, aware, seems to listen

Patterson, Daniel “Dan” (NP)
Really passionate about events in BC, a Union guy, endorsed by several unions, very direct, challenges people on atti- tudes and opinions, Aware of growth and issues with current council. Great asset.

Ashurst, Denise (NP)
Fundalmentalist Christian and not the good kind. Won’t answer questions.
Barton, Tyler (NP)

Jorgensen, Sherri (NP)
Reams, Susan (NP)
Tyler, Tom (NP)

HENDERSON CITY COUNCIL WARD I
Seebock, Jim (NP)
Knows the right questions to ask. Intelligent.

Porter, Jason (NP)
Whittaker, Rick (NP)

HENDERSON CITY COUNCIL WARD II

Shaw, Dan (NP)
Good local businessman. Saves money for the city.

Larson, Monica “Doc” (NP)
Marunde, Bristol (NP)

HENDERSON CITY COUNCIL WARD IV

Stewart, Dan (NP)
Nice guy, asks intelligent questions, the best choice.

Arrington, Cherlyn (NP)

LAS VEGAS MAYOR
Berkley, Shelley (NP)
A longtime friend and strong ally! She fought for us in Congress for years.

Akingbade, Kola (NP)
Anderson, Tera (NP)
Baird, Lynn (NP)
Chapman, Dan (NP)
Crear, Cedric (NP)
Hansen, Irina (NP)
Porter, Jason (NP)
Jenkins, Kara “KJ” (NP)
Medlin, Eric (NP)
Miller, Donna (NP)
Porter, Jason (NP)
Pacino, Michael (NP)
Peck, Deb (NP)
Seaman, Victoria (NP)
Walls, III, William “Dock” (NP)

LAS VEGAS CITY COUNCIL WARD

Knudsen, Brian (NP)
He’s on our team and plays fair!

Chairez, Dennis (NP)
Gibson, Miriam (NP)

LAS VEGAS CITY COUNCIL WARD 3

Clary, Melissa (NP)


Diaz, Olivia (NP)

Gomez, II, David (NP)

LAS VEGAS CITY COUNCIL WARD 5

Miller, Cameron “CH” (NP)
We really like this guy. Sharp! Will make us proud. This is a dual endorsement. You’ll have to decide.

Summers-Armstrong, Shonda (NP)
Tough, smart and doesn’t just do as she’s told. This is a dual endorsement. You’ll have to decide.

Collins, Sheila (NP)
Duncan, Katherine “Katie” (NP)
Espejo, Josanna (NP)
Jones Zangaro, Barbara (NP)
Santiago, Mariana (NP)
Smith, Erika (NP)

LAS VEGAS MUNICIPAL JUDGE DEBT. 5

Canady, Rae (NP)
Would be first African American in this position. She was manager for this court and bucked admin on injustices. Supported by PLANheer

Nordstrom, Shannon (NP)
Wolfson, Rebecca (NP)

NLV COUNCIL WARD 2

Taylor, Robert “Twixx”
Very active in community, gets things done and doesn’t even try to take credit

Anderson, Ruth (NP)
Riley, Lamont (NP)

TOWNSHIP OFFICES (NON-P)


JUSTICE OF THE PEACE BOULDER DEPT 1

Tilman, Christopher (NP)
An ally who helped found the Dam Proud LGBTQ group, native, open minded.

Morris, Steven (NP)
Bad news guy. If he loses, the job will get split and he’ll likely get appointed to a new judge position.

Szafranski, Lauren (NP)

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE HEND DEPT 1
Renteria, Maria (NP)
A former public defender and likely has a better understanding/application of race, poverty and other issues, along with bail hurdles to low income accused individuals.

DiGiacono, Sandy (NP)
Gruber, Harvey (NP)
Prall, Todd (NP)
Schneider, Louis (NP)
Thompson, Gary (NP)

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE HEND DEPT 3
Doyle, Patricia (NP)
She is a Public Defender Schifalacqua, Barbara (NP)

Denue, Gregory (NP)

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE LV, DEPT 1
Graham, Elana (NP)

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE LV, DEPT 2
Sciscento, Joseph (NP)
He’s good with issues and is a former criminal defense attorney.

Bradford, Kristal (NP)
Bravo, Ava (NP)