(Annie Black) – Ten agonizing days after Election Day, the Clark County Commission made the results in our race for Assembly District 19 official on Friday. The final numbers…
Annie Black: 3,803 (61%)
Chris Edwards: 2,428 (39%)
Here’s what Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Steve Sebelius wrote about the race in this morning’s paper…
“No incumbent is ever really safe. Assemblyman Chris Edwards probably thought he had it made in District 19. Nobody filed to run against him until the last day, when Mesquite City Councilwoman Annie Black signed up. Black — who ran unsuccessfully for Republican state party chair against Michael McDonald in 2019 — ran an energetic campaign that challenged the theretofore lethargic Edwards to become more active. But it was all for naught: She ended up beating him 61 percent to 39 percent, a humiliating defeat for a three-term incumbent.”
I can’t thank you enough for your support and your trust that I will best represent your interests in Carson City next year. You won’t be disappointed.
So let’s start the transition.
First, in answer to some questions I’ve been asked…
No, Mr. Edwards did not concede or call/email/text his congratulations. Which is fine. I’m guessing he’s still in a state of shock and a little bit bitter.
And no, contrary to what he’s telling some people, I never said I wouldn’t run against him. I actually started thinking about this race almost a year ago.
Second, I will be going to Carson City next week to keep an eye on the Special Session. Will keep you posted via email and social media.
If you know anyone with an interest, please get them signed up for breaking news and updates by subscribing to these AnnieGrams on my website – ElectAnnieBlack.com – and following me on Twitter and Facebook.
Third, since I don’t have a general election in November, I’m going to focus my time and energy on helping other good conservative candidates in their races for the state Assembly. Republicans need to get out of the “super-minority” they’re in right now.
To that end, I’ve already registered “Annie PAC” with the Nevada Secretary of State and will begin raising money later this week. Stay tuned for more details and information.
Fourth, I’m already conferring with advisers on what bills to introduce for the 2021 session. Freshmen only get to introduce a very limited number of bills, so I want to make sure they count and are consistent with what I promised you in the campaign.
Will have more on this in the coming days.
Lastly, but certainly not “leastly” …
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, Dad!!!
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Gov. Steve Sisolak last week did an about-face and refused to rule out tax hikes during the special legislative session he’ll call to address the state’s gaping budget chasm. That was a colossal mistake. Rather than kowtowing to public-employee unions, the governor needs to dig deep for some fortitude and start doing the job he was elected to do.
“Simply put, asking Nevada’s private-sector workers and their employers to reach further into their wallets during this time of economic devastation and uncertainty would be an outrage and should constitute political suicide for elected officials. Neither the state’s business community nor those it sustains are in any position to take a further financial hit, what with the tourism and travel industry on the rack and unemployment at record highs. Particularly when public employees — at both the state and local levels — have been asked to bear so little of the sacrifice. …
“The state faces a deficit of $1.3 billion for the fiscal year starting July 1, a number that is likely to increase. Republicans have the votes in the state Senate to block tax hikes during the special session. They must stand united in that regard. But lawmakers who even utter the word ‘taxes’ before they consider a whole range of options when it comes to personnel costs will be guilty of professional malfeasance. …
“Gov. Sisolak needs to make clear that higher or new taxes are dead-on-arrival and that government employees must shoulder a much more significant weight when it comes to covering coronavirus shortfalls. If that entails using emergency powers to impose compensation adjustments and layoffs — or even freezing pension payments — so be it. Nothing should be off the table…
“To argue that public-sector wage earners should largely be shielded from the fallout verges on the obscene. Government workers cannot expect an exemption from the repercussions that many of their private-sector counterparts have endured for more than three months now — and the governor and lawmakers shouldn’t pretend otherwise. It’s long past time that Nevada’s well-funded state, county and city governments and their employees remember who works for whom.”
– Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial, 6/21/20
Annie Black is a Mesquite City Councilwoman and Assemblywoman-elect for Nevada State Assembly District 19. You can get more information by visiting www.electannieblack.com