The state Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday over who can appear on the special election ballot for Nevada’s open 2nd Congressional District seat.
Secretary of State Ross Miller and the Democratic Party have appealed a lower court ruling rejecting his position that the Sept. 13 election should be open to anyone who files their candidacy. Carson City District Court Judge James Russell in May said he was concerned that the rules set by Miller amounted to “picking and choosing” different provisions of election statutes.
The lower-court judge sided with the state Republican Party, saying major party central committees should choose their nominee. The GOP has selected former state Sen. Mark Amodei as their candidate; Democrats overwhelming chose state Treasurer Kate Marshall as theirs.
But dozens of candidates have filed for the post, most with little political experience or name recognition. Notables, such as Republican state Sen. Greg Brower and Democrats Jill Derby and Nancy Price, both former university regents, withdrew from the race when their parties aligned behind a single candidate.
Still, candidates from major political parties can file through June 30.