Demo­crat Lee says she will run for Rosen’s House seat

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA - By Colton Lochhead Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal

Susie Lee, a Las Ve­gas phi­lan­thropist, ed­u­ca­tion ad­vo­cate and 2016 con­gres­sional can­di­date, an­nounced Thurs­day that she will run again for Con­gress in 2018.

Lee, a Demo­crat and renowned fundraiser for non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, will seek the 3rd Con­gres­sional Dis­trict seat be­ing va­cated by Demo­cratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is run­ning for U.S. Se­nate.

In a state­ment, Lee said that she “couldn’t sit on the side­lines” and watch the log­jam in Con­gress any longer.

“The ac­cel­er­at­ing grid­lock and di­vi­sion in Wash­ing­ton is cre­at­ing a coun­try where op­por­tu­nity comes with a price tag, and the door to the Amer­i­can Dream for every work­ing fam­ily is clos­ing even fur­ther,” Lee said. “Fam­i­lies in Ne­vada de­serve lead­ers like me who will work with a prob­lem-solv­ing ap­proach and a more co­op­er­a­tive style that fo­cuses on so­lu­tions.”

Last year Lee lost in a com­pet­i­tive three-way Demo­cratic pri­mary race for Ne­vada’s 4th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict. In that race, she fin­ished be­hind the Harry Reid-en­dorsed Ruben Ki­huen, who won the seat, and Lucy Flores, who was backed by Sen. Bernie San­ders.

Lee was en­cour­aged by Demo­cratic Party lead­ers to run for the 3rd Dis­trict seat that Rosen later won. Rosen an­nounced in June that she will seek the Se­nate seat cur­rently held by

Repub­li­can Dean Heller.

In terms of pol­icy stances, Lee said she wants to at­tract good-pay­ing jobs, pro­tect fam­i­lies of im­mi­grants “from be­ing ripped apart” and rein in pre­scrip­tion drug prices.

“I know that we can work to­gether to find real so­lu­tions to the prob­lems in our com­mu­nity,” Lee said.

Of the state’s four con­gres­sional districts, the 3rd is by far the most closely di­vided in terms of voter reg­is­tra­tion, with about 10,000 more Democrats than Repub­li­cans. The dis­trict spans much of south­ern and west­ern Clark County and in­cludes Henderson and Boul­der City.

Four no­table Repub­li­cans have an­nounced they are run­ning for the seat: state Sen. Scott Ham­mond, for­mer Assem­bly­woman Vic­to­ria Sea­man, for­mer Clark County GOP chair­man David Mck­eon and autism ad­vo­cate Lynda Tache. For Democrats, only lo­cal busi­ness­man and po­lit­i­cal novice Jack Love had an­nounced be­fore Lee launched her cam­paign.

Con­tact Colton Lochhead at clochhead@re­viewjour­nal.com or 702383-4638. Fol­low @Colton­lochhead on Twit­ter.

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