Republican former Treasurer Dan Schwartz to challenge Susie Lee in District 3
Former Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz on Wednesday announced a campaign for Southern Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, joining the race weeks after presumed Republican front-runner Assemblywoman Heidi Kasama (R-Las Vegas) dropped out in early January.
Schwartz, who served as state treasurer from 2015 to 2019, pledged to contribute $1 million of his personal funds to his campaign, according to his announcement. His platform includes enacting term limits for members of Congress, creating new incentives to spur military and public service recruitment and “clos[ing] the border.”
Schwartz joins a Republican primary field that includes former state Sen. Elizabeth Helgelien (R-Las Vegas) and tax analyst Drew Johnson. The winner will face Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) in a competitive district that she has won in three straight cycles.
Schwartz has run in nearly every election cycle in Nevada since 2012, losing multiple congressional bids. He previously ran in the Republican primary for the 3rd District in 2020, finishing second to Dan Rodimer.
He also finished fourth in the Republican primary for District 4 in 2012, second in the Republican primary for governor in 2018 and fourth in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor in 2022.
As state treasurer, Schwartz made headlines for publicly opposing then-Gov. Brian Sandoval's 2015 tax plan and presenting lawmakers with an alternative budget, vigorously supporting the voucher-style Education Savings Account program that his office would have administered had it gotten off the ground, and being an outspoken critic of a major tax incentive deal for electric car manufacturer Faraday Future that quickly fizzled out.
After Republicans had quietly raised concerns about Kasama’s ability to fundraise for a nationally watched congressional race, Schwartz’s pledge to pour $1 million into his campaign places him on a track to compete financially with Lee, who ended September with $1.1 million in her campaign account. In past runs for office, Schwartz has typically relied heavily on self funding to support his campaign.