MEMO: State of Nevada Governor’s Race

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
To: Interested Parties
From: Rob Hill, Campaign Manager, Steve Sisolak for Governor
Subject: State of the Governor’s Race

By all measures, Steve Sisolak starts out the election year as the strongest candidate in the 2018 Nevada gubernatorial race — a race rated one of the most competitive in the nation by the Cook Political ReportSabato’s Crystal BallInside Elections, POLITICO and the Washington Post.

As an entrepreneur, former State Regent and current Chair of the Clark County Commission, Steve’s profile as a problem solver positions him well among both primary and general election voters. He continues to spread his message that he will fight for better schools, good jobs and access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Nevadans.

His message resonated so strongly with supporters that Steve added over $2.5 million to his war chest in 2017 alone. That leaves him with over $5.75 million in cash-on-hand – nearly twice as much as his Republican opponent and nearly seven times what his primary opponent reported – heading into 2018.

Steve enters 2018 with influential endorsements from a broad coalition of Democratic leaders, unions and law enforcement. Steve is supported by the Clark County Education Association teachers’ union, the Nevada Law Enforcement Coalition, the Southern Nevada Building Trades and union locals representing Laborers, Teamsters, Operating Engineers, Steelworkers, Ironworkers, Plumbers & Pipefitters and Carpenters, among others. Collectively these organizations represent tens of thousands of working families looking for a leader who will keep moving Nevada forward for everyone. He is also publicly endorsed by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Congresswoman Dina Titus.


  • Adam Laxalt is damaged goods, suffering numerous self-inflicted wounds throughout 2017 that he will be forced to defend in the general election, including:
  • Laxalt may have tried to improperly influence Nevada’s Gaming Control Board Chairman on behalf of his largest donor. His actions were so suspicious that the Chairman secretly recorded his meeting with Laxalt and sent it to the FBI.
  • Laxalt was caught last fall improperly asking his staff to help fight coverage of record requests over his attempt to abstain from – then cast the sole vote against – the pardon of an innocent man.
  • Laxalt has failed to enforce the background check law that Nevada voters passed in 2016
    Laxalt said he would repeal a bipartisan bill that funds education, causing Governor Sandoval to withhold an endorsement and say a repeal would “hurt kids…hurt teachers…[and] hurt parents.”

And, of course, Laxalt will have to defend himself for his cozy relationship with the unpopular and controversial Donald Trump.

It is clear that Steve Sisolak is entering 2018 with the resources and support he needs to win the Democratic nomination and defeat his embattled Republican opponent Adam Laxalt in the fall.