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Rosen 'strongly considering' bid for U.S. Senate against Heller in 2018
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The Nevada Independent Staff
Photo courtesy of Sam Bowman under Creative Commons.

By Megan Messerly and Riley Snyder

Photo: Frederick Schilling, U.S. House, under Creative Commons

Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen is “strongly considering” challenging Republican Sen. Dean Heller for his Senate seat, a Democratic source said Monday.

The first-term congresswoman has spoken with former Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and his successor, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, about getting into the race and is the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s top choice to run against the senior senator, the source said. Heller is considered the most vulnerable Republican up for reelection in 2018 and is the Democrats’ best pickup opportunity in the midterm.

Rosen confirmed her plans to The Nevada Independent on Wednesday.

“I’m planning to run for Senate, and my official announcement will come soon,” she said in an emailed statement.

The former software programmer and synagogue leader has represented Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District — which covers the southern tip of Nevada from Summerlin to Searchlight — since January after defeating businessman Danny Tarkanian in the race to replace Republican Rep. Joe Heck. Democrats have a narrow voter registration advantage in the district, which swung for President Donald Trump in 2016.

Rosen has also met with D. Taylor, president of the politically powerful Culinary Union’s parent union UNITE HERE!, who urged her to run, the Democratic source said. The Culinary Union, which backed Rosen in her congressional run, has a lengthy endorsement process, but securing their support is crucial for Democratic candidates in Nevada.

According to the most recent federal campaign filings, Rosen raised more than $237,000 through the first three months of 2017, and has roughly $221,000 in cash on hand.

Though she has yet to officially announce, Republicans already began their attack on Rosen on Monday as if she has by criticizing her ties to Reid, who encouraged her to run for Congress.

“With today’s news, Jacky Rosen confirmed to Nevadans the only reason she’s in elected office is to serve her own ambitions,” said Michael McAdams, spokesman for the NRSC, the Senate Republican campaign committee, in a statement. “Rosen’s radical liberal stances might please her puppet-master Harry Reid, but they will leave Nevadans worse off.”

Former state Treasurer Kate Marshall who was previously mulling a bid against Heller, said Monday that her understanding was Rosen is the candidate.

Rosen has meetings scheduled this week with the DSCC and EMILY’s List.

Though Rosen’s congressional seat is expected to be hotly contested in 2018, the only major candidate to file paperwork to run for the office is former Clark County Republican Party Chairman David McKeon.

Photo courtesy of Sam Bowman under Creative Commons.

6-21-17: This story has been updated to include a statement from Rep. Jacky Rosen.

INDY FAST FACTS Danny Tarkanian Job: Businessman Party: Republican In current office: None Birthdate: Dec. 18, 1961 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.) University of San Diego (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total Donations: $3,443,619 (8/18/04-12/31/17) Top Donors: Danny Tarkanian $528,440 Stations Casino $74,550 Las Vegas Sands Corp $38,900 Domain.com $26,600 Maloof family $18,000
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: $1,062,447 (1/4/07-12/31/17) 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 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: $3,220,875 (2017-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $178,768 League of Conservation Voters $80,270 DE Shaw & Co $66,800 Omni New York $32,400 Varian Medical Systems $23,100 Last Report: 12/31/17 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: $20,597,201 (2011-2018) Top donors: EMILY's List $565,679 League of Conservation Voters $401,508 J Street $185,558 University of California $76,542 University of Nevada $56,579 Last Report: 12/31/2017 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
INDY FAST FACTS Dean Heller Job: U.S. Senator Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: May 10, 1960 Education: University of Southern California (B.A.) Other public offices held: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Nevada's 2nd Congressional District (2007-2011) Nevada Secretary of State (1995-2007) State Assemblyman (1990-1994) Total donations: $21,463,574 (2005-2018) Top donors: Station Casinos $115,200 Votesane PAC $92,000 MGM Resorts International $74,000 Blackstone Group $48,400 Capital Group $38,800 Credit: Center for Responsive Politics
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