Republican venture capitalist joins Nevada gubernatorial race
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Republican venture capitalist Guy Nohra on Tuesday announced he would run for governor of Nevada next year.
Nohra, 61, joins a GOP primary race that includes Las Vegas area sheriff Joe Lombardo, North Las Vegas mayor John Lee and Reno attorney Joey Gilbert.
They are vying to take on incumbent Democrat Steve Sisolak, who will make his first candidacy for re-election in 2022.
Nohra said in a campaign video posted online Tuesday that he wanted to “turn Nevada’s economy around” and teach kids “how great America is while keeping critical race theory at bay. “.
Critical race theory is a framework that jurists have developed which focuses on the idea that racism is systemic in the nation’s institutions, maintaining the dominance of whites in society. It is not usually taught in K-12 schools, but it has become a target of the right.
Nohra also said he wanted to make state government more efficient, maintain the absence of personal income tax in Nevada and “expose the voter fraud that we all know exists.”
Nevada election officials, including Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, have repeatedly said the 2020 election results are reliable and accurate.. Some GOP officials, including former President Donald Trump, have repeatedly and baselessly claimed that voter fraud deprived him of his re-election.
The video of Nohra introducing herself to voters features an ironic voiceover that conjures up a movie trailer, telling a brief story of her upbringing and explaining that the pronunciation of her first name sounds like “ghee.”
Nohra, who was born in Lebanon, moved to the United States when he was a teenager. He graduated from Stanford University and received an MA from the University of Chicago. He co-founded Alta Partners, a venture capital firm.
He is the father of two daughters and lives in Reno, after moving from California to Nevada six years ago, according to his campaign.
Other Republicans in the race include: Lee, who recently left the Democratic Party to become a Republican; Gilbert, a lawyer from northern Nevada who questioned the 2020 presidential election results: and Lombardo, the Clark County sheriff.
Former US Senator Dean Heller, a Republican who lost re-election in 2018, is considering campaigning and has appeared at several local GOP events alongside the nominated candidates.
U.S. Representative Mark Amodei, who represents northern Nevada, said he is also considering a race and will make a decision about a campaign in October.
Sisolak was elected in 2018, becoming the first Democratic governor of the swing state in two decades.
This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Nohra’s last name.