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Former state Treasurer Kate Marshall formally jumped into the race for lieutenant governor Wednesday morning, positioning herself as a Democrat who will put “politics aside” to strengthen Nevada.

Marshall’s entry pits her against state Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, who announced his bid for lieutenant governor last month and is expected to run on an unofficial ticket with Attorney General Adam Laxalt — a likely Republican gubernatorial candidate.

Marshall, who runs her own legal consulting business in Reno, said Nevada needs to provide more opportunities for its residents by diversifying the economy, creating better-paying jobs, strengthening ethical standards and leveling the playing field to ensure all Nevadans have access to quality education and jobs.

“I will be a Lieutenant Governor that puts politics aside to get results for all of Nevada – from Reno to Las Vegas to Elko and everything in between,” she said in a statement. “I will fight every single day for you just as I always have done.”

Marshall was a two-term state treasurer who won elections in 2006 and 2010, the latter during a Republican wave. But Republican Mark Amodei beat her by 22 percentage points in 2011, when the pair faced off during a special election to fill a vacant seat in the 2nd Congressional District, which is mostly rural.

Before her stint as treasurer, Marshall served as senior deputy attorney general from 1997 to 2000 under Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa. She created the state’s first antitrust legal division.

“I’ve spent my career in public service putting the interests of Nevadans first,” Marshall said in a statement. “During my time as State Treasurer, I set political posturing and gamesmanship aside,working with both parties to get the results Nevadans depend on. Working together we made our state government more transparent, we found innovative ways to diversify our state’s economy and increased educational opportunities for all of Nevada’s students while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.”

As treasurer, Marshall eliminated no-bid contracts and off-the-book accounts that were putting a strain on the state’s budget. She also launched the Nevada College Kick Start Program, which deposits $50 into a college savings account for every kindergartener in the state without using taxpayer funds, and successfully sponsored a bill that established Nevada’s first private-equity investment fund to bolster K-12 education funding while creating jobs.

The state’s Democratic leaders — including former Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Jacky Rosen, state Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford and state Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson — have already thrown their support behind Marshall.

“When Nevada was faced with the worst financial crisis in a generation and other states were losing millions of dollars, Kate Marshall’s steady hand guided Nevada,” Reid said in a statement.

Marshall has two daughters and is married to Elliott Parker, an economics professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a regular contributor to The Nevada Independent.

INDY FAST FACTS Kate Marshall Job: Lawyer Party: Democrat In current office: None Birthdate:  July 22, 1959 Education: University of California, Berkeley (B.A. and J.D.) Other public offices held: State treasurer (2007-2015) Total donations: $1,255,965 (1/4/07-6/7/18) Top donors: MGM Resorts International $45,000 South Point Casino/F&M Advertising $17,500 Boyd Gaming $15,500 Int'l Brotherhood of Teamsters (DRIVE Committee) $15,000 Todd Marshall  $14,975
INDY FAST FACTS Michael Roberson Job: State senate minority leader Party: Republican In current office: 2010-present Senate Republican leader since 2015 Birthdate: June 20, 1970 Education: University of Kansas (B.S.) University of Kansas School of Law (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $1,888,972 (5/28/10-5/25/17) Top donors: Las Vegas Sands $55,000 Station Casinos/Zuffa $47,500 Boyd Gaming $35,000 MGM Resorts International $25,000 Wynn Resorts $22,000
INDY FAST FACTS Mark Amodei Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: June 12, 1958 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A.) University of Pacific (J.D.) Other public offices held: Nevada Republican Party chairman (2010-2011) State senator, Capital District (1998-2010) Assemblyman (1996-1999) Total donations: $3,720,285 (2009-2018) Top donors: Barrick Gold $43,000 Las Vegas Sands $42,100 Sierra Nevada Corp $39,000 American Society of Anesthesiologists $39,000 National Association of Home Builders $37,000 Last Report: 5/23/18 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Dina Titus Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 1st Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2013-present Birthdate: May 23, 1950 Education: College of William and Mary (B.A.) University of Georgia (M.A.) Florida State University, Tallahassee (Ph.D.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District (2009-2010) State Senator, District 7 (1989-2008) Total donations: $8,158,737 (2007-2018) Top donors:  MGM Resorts International $136,060 University of Nevada $62,859 Carpenters & Joiners Union $60,000 Rocky Research $58,300 Painters & Allied Trades Union $57,000 Last Report: 5/23/18 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Jacky Rosen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: August 2, 1957 Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (B.A.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $7,133,798 (2017-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $178,768 League of Conservation Voters $80,270 DE Shaw & Co $69,500 University of Nevada $40,038 Omni New York $32,400 Last Report: 6/11/18 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Catherine Cortez Masto Job: U.S. Senator Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birthdate: March 29, 1964 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A.) Gonzaga University (J.D.) Other public offices held: Nevada State Attorney General (2007-2015) Total donations: $20,683,341 (2011-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $565,735 League of Conservation Voters $401,508 J Street $185,558 University of California $77,798 University of Nevada $57,754 Last Report: 12/31/2017 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Jason Frierson Job: State Assembly Speaker Party: Democrat In current office: 2010-2014; 2016-present *Assembly Speaker since 2017 Birthdate: March 19, 1970 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.S.) University of Nevada, Las Vegas (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $1,702,298 (10/26/09 - 6/7/18) Top donors: MGM Resorts $43,035 Nevada Realtors PAC $31,000 Station Casinos/Zuffa $30,250 Southwest Gas $30,000 Boyd Gaming $29,500
INDY FAST FACTS Aaron Ford Job: State Senate Majority Leader Party: Democrat In current office: 2012-present *Senate Democratic Leader since 2015 Birthdate: May 24, 1972 Education: Texas A&M University (B.A.) George Washington University (M.A.) Ohio State University (M.A., J.D., Ph.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $2,314,213 (1/01/10 - 6/7/18) Top donors: Station Casinos $30,000 MGM Resorts International $28,500 Boyd Gaming $20,500 Nevada State Education Association $20,032 Citizens for Justice Trust $18,000 Caesars Entertainment $18,000
INDY FAST FACTS Adam Laxalt Job: Nevada State Attorney General Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: August 31, 1978 Education: Georgetown University (B.A.) Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $8,262,050 (1/08/14 - 6/07/18) Top donors: Station Casinos/Zuffa/Fertitta $208,500 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Marnell Properties LLC $42,500 Starpoint Resort Group/Partners $40,000 MGM Resorts $35,000
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