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Reno Democratic Assemblywoman Sarah Peters will not run for re-election

Part of the first majority-woman legislature in the country, Peters said she wanted to spend more time with family and friends.
Tabitha Mueller
Tabitha Mueller

Assemblywoman Sarah Peters (D-Reno) announced Monday she would not be running for re-election in 2024, citing a desire to spend more time with her family and friends.

First elected in 2018, Peters was part of the historic first majority-woman legislature in the country and made history as Nevada’s first openly pansexual state lawmaker. At the time, she was one of three such state legislators in the country. 

“I am truly humbled by the support that my constituents, volunteers and supporters have given me over the past 5 years,” Peters, 36, said in a Monday press release. “I am, however, ready for a new chapter in my life and look forward to spending a lot more time with my wonderful family and friends.”

An environmental engineer, Peters works as a project manager at McGinnis and Associates, which provides environmental science and engineering consulting. She and her husband have three young children.

Peters said that she was proud of her work to increase funding for public education, expand protections for LGBTQ+ Nevadans and protect reproductive rights. She served as chair of the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee during the 2023 session.

The announcement marks the fifth incumbent state legislator who will not be running for re-election in 2024. Another four incumbents are running for a different office, and three are termed out.

In 2022, Peters won her bid for re-election in Reno’s Assembly District 24 by nearly 32 percentage points. The district has a roughly 16 percentage point Democratic registration advantage over Republicans as of September 2023.

Assembly Speaker Steve Yeager (D-Las Vegas) praised Peters as a “trailblazer” and said, “I know she will continue to make a difference for our state.”

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