The U.S. Capitol Building on April 1, 2017. (Courtesy/Jeff Slinker under Creative Commons)

Allison Stephens, who is one of 13 regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education, is officially running for Congress as a Democrat after weeks of testing the waters.

Stephens posted a slick video campaign announcement on her Twitter account on Monday morning, saying she’s running for the 4th Congressional District seat to take “real life to Washington.”

The video features her two children and scenes from the district, including Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas. She said one motivation for stepping forward in her public service career is to set an example for her 11-year-old daughter.

Stephens said she approaches issues of child care from the perspective of a single mother, approaches disability rights as a person whose son and sister have disabilities and approaches veterans issues as the daughter of a veteran. Her perspective on abortion rights is informed by her experience as a woman who almost died in childbirth, she said.

In addition to her work as a regent, Stephens is one of two Democratic National Committee members from Nevada.

The Democratic primary for the open seat is already crowded — former Rep. Steven Horsford, state Sen. Patricia Spearman, Medicare-for-All advocate Amy Vilela and high school principal John Anzalone have thrown their hats in the ring, just to name a few.

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and incumbent Rep. Ruben Kihuen — who had previously said he wasn’t running for reelection because he’s faced allegations of sexual harassment — may also jump into the race during the final week of candidate filing.

INDY FAST FACTS Ruben Kihuen Job: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada’s 4th Congressional District Party: Democrat In current office: 2017-present Birhdate: April 25, 1980 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.) Other public offices held: State Senator, District 10 (2010-2016) State Assemblyman, District 11 (2007-2010) Total donations: $987,929 (2012-2018) Top donors: Naqvi Injury Law $10,800 Border Health $10,000 Jobs, Opportunities & Education PAC $10,000 Tpp Export America $10,000 UNITE HERE $10,000 Last Report: 12/31/2017 Credit:  Center for Responsive Politics
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