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Democratic Assemblyman William McCurdy speaks during a protest against cash bail outside the Nevada Legislature on Monday, March 18, 2019. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)

William McCurdy II, the head of the Nevada State Democratic Party and a Democratic assemblyman, says he is launching a bid for a seat on the Clark County Commission.

McCurdy, 31, is seeking to replace Lawrence Weekly, who will be termed out of his seat in District D in 2020. McCurdy has represented the heavily Democratic Assembly District 6, which includes portions of downtown Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, since 2016.

“During my two terms, we made great progress for our community: from reforming our imperfect criminal justice system, to enhancing economic development and even passing legislation to increase access to fresh food grocers in our neighborhood,” McCurdy said. “I am now looking to take this progress to the Clark County Commission so we can continue our work to create jobs, strengthen public safety, increase access to healthcare and improve our schools for the residents of District D.”

He won’t be the first lawmaker to make the jump recently from the part-time Legislature to the powerful Clark County Commission, whose jurisdiction includes the Las Vegas Strip. Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick was a high-ranking member of the Assembly, and Commissioner Tick Segerblom served numerous terms in the state Senate.

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