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Candidates for Secretary of State, 2010


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In the Nevada Secretary of State election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, Democratic incumbent Ross Miller defeated Republican challenger Rob Lauer and Independent American Party candidate John Wagner. Miller won with 53.17% of the overall vote.

None of the three candidates were opposed in the June 8 primary election.

Race tracking

Ballotpedia predicted a Democrat would become Nevada's new Secretary of State.

2010 Ballotpedia Race Rankings for Nevada Secretary of State
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Likely Democrat
Overall Call Likely Democrat

General election

Results

2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[1]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Ross Miller 53.2%
     Republican Party Rob Lauer 37.3%
     American Independent Party John Wagner 6.0%
     None of these candidates 3.6%
Total Votes 703,513

Finances

According to Follow the Money, the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates is as follows:

Nevada Secretary of State Campaign Finance
Candidate Total Contributions
Ross Miller[2] $640,898
Rob Lauer[3] $190,845
John Wagner[4] $0

According to the Nevada Secretary of State, as of October 28, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Robert Lauer Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [5] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
May 28 - October 21, 2010[6] June 1, 2010 $36,224.70 $73,313.00 $0.00 $0.00 $20,808.64 $88,729.06
Ross Miller Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [5] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
May 28 - October 21, 2010[7] October 25, 2010 $83,249.29 $128,463.57 $1,672.43 $0.00 $269,915.11 ($58,202.25)

Endorsements

Rob Lauer

  • Can-Do Conservatives of America[8]

Ross Miller

  • Communications Workers of America (CWA)[9]
  • Las Vegas Police Protective Association (LVPPA)[10]
  • Nevada State AFL-CIO[11]
  • Nevada State Education Association (NSEA)[12][13]
  • North Las Vegas Police Officers Association (NLVPOA)[14]
  • Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce PAC[15]
  • Southern Nevada Conference of Police and Sheriffs (SNCOPS)[10]

June 8, 2010 primaries

See also: Nevada gubernatorial election, 2010; Nevada Attorney General election, 2010

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

  • Incumbent Ross Miller was unopposed in this contest, and the race did not appear on the primary ballot.

Finances

According to the Nevada Secretary of State, as of July 13, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for Miller:

Ross Miller Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [5] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
January 1 - May 27, 2010[16] June 1, 2010 $0.00 $192,275.00 $20,178.80 $0.00 $109,025.71 $83,249.29

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

  • Small Business Owner and American soldier Robert "Rob" Lauer[17] was unopposed in this contest, and the race did not appear on the primary ballot.

Finances

According to the Nevada Secretary of State, as of July 13, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for Lauer:

Robert Lauer Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [5] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
January 1 - May 27, 2010[18] June 1, 2010 $0.00 $41,591.96 $75,000.00 $0.00 $5,367.26 $36,224.70

Polling

Mason-Dixon poll

Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc., an independent polling firm and the nation's most active state polling organization, surveyed 625 registered voters from across Nevada between August 23 and 25, 2010. The polling data shows that Miller holds a comfortable fourteen percentage point advantage over his Republican challenger, Rob Lauer, but eighteen percent still remain undecided with close to two months left before the general election. Though it appears that he holds his political destiny in his own hands, Miller should not be satisfied that he has failed to crack the highly-coveted fifty percent mark, a safety zone for incumbent politicians.

Mason-Dixon Poll - August 23 – 25, 2010[19]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Ross Miller (D) 41%
Rob Lauer (R) 27%
Another party candidate 3%
None of these candidates 11%
Undecided 18%
Total voters 625

Suffolk University Poll

Suffolk University Poll - October 8 – 11, 2010[20]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Ross Miller (D) 40%
Rob Lauer (R) 24%
John Wagner (IAP) 9%
None of these candidates 3%
Undecided 24%
Total voters 500

Controversies

Assault charge

In early-June 2010, an incident occurred at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country bar on South Las Vegas Boulevard in which Lauer stood accused of battery by Jennifer Von Tobel, a professional fundraiser for non-profit organizations and political campaigns. Von Tobel claims that the trouble began when, late in the evening, Lauer put his hands on her shoulders and offered to show her a self-defense move he had learned in the military; she refused. In spite of her protests, he grabbed her wrists and "as a result she sustained injuries to both her wrists and right shoulder," according to her statement in the report issued by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department that evening.[21]

Lauer denied the allegation, countering that Von Tobel had been drinking extensively that night. Furthermore, he argued that the only time he had laid his hands on her was to remove her hands from his person after she had "put [them] on his shoulders, close to his neck, and then in a second instance attempted to put him in a headlock."[21] Von Tobel insists, however, that that would be impossible for her given that she has been suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS), an inflammatory disease that can cause muscle weakness and fatigue, for nearly ten years now.

A court summons was issued in late-July that "ordered [Lauer] to appear in court on August 24 to face the misdemeanor battery charge."[22][23] The summons also stated that video surveillance taken from the bar the night of the incident confirmed Von Tobel's story. If convicted, Lauer could face "a maximum of 6 months in jail and a fine of $1,000."[22]

The result of the lawsuit is unknown at this time.

Ethics complaint

The Republican Party of Nevada filed a complaint against both Secretary of State Ross Miller and State Treasurer Kate Marshall accusing the state government officials of improperly using "publicly funded web pages, phone lines and state employees for their respective re-election campaigns."[24] The chairman of the State GOP argues that both candidates violated Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 281A, which states that a public officer or employee is “prohibited from requesting or otherwise causing governmental entity to incur expense or make expenditure to support or oppose ballot question or candidate in certain circumstances.”[25] The complaint cites that both Miller and Marshall listed their state government phone numbers and email addresses as each of their campaign websites and on their financial disclosure reports. About a month later, however, the Nevada Commission on Ethics dismissed the issue claiming there was no just or sufficient cause found to proceed to a full commission hearing.[26]

Lawsuits

Legal problems in Las Vegas, Southern California as well as Florida are dogging Nevada business owner Rob Lauer as he attempts to launch his bid for the secretary of state. Most of Republican candidate's problems stem directly from a lawsuit filed in San Bernardino County, California by Florida resident John Gruber that alleges that Lauer ripped him off over an aircraft he purchased from him on eBay in 2006. Gruber claims that the 1979 Piper Archer II he purchased from Lauer was described as "completely refurbished," when, in reality, the aerial vehicle had "missing parts, damage from a possible hard landing, and more usage of the plane than was disclosed in the logbooks."[27]

Nevada

Lauer dismissed the complaint, arguing that he had “probably bought and sold dozens and dozens of aircraft and trucks and engines and all sorts of stuff. Probably 100 and if we have a dispute over one aircraft or two, I don’t think that is unrealistic in business nowadays.”[28] The case, which was set to go before a San Bernardino County Superior Court on June 21, was reportedly dismissed after it was discovered Gruber lied on his police report about Gruber’s knowledge of the condition of the airplane. Lauer has since pursued Gruber legally for committing perjury, this according to the Secretary of State candidate at a debate held in mid-October 2010.[29]

A second suit filed in late-December 2009 states that a company called T. Graham Capital LLC purchased a 1971 Hawker Siddeley from Lauer in July 2009 for $65,000. It was only after they had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars refurbishing the vehicle that they discovered that the plane had never been owned by Lauer's company, Aero Network of French Valley, Inc. Lauer insists, however, that "the dispute is over old liens against the aircraft that he is close to clearing, which he said would resolve the dispute."[27]

The Nevada Secretary of State candidate is also dealing with a third lawsuit, this one filed in the United States District Court in California's Central District. David L. Degeer states that Lauer owes him back rent for storage of a truck in New Mexico. Lauer claims that he sought to break his lease under the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act, which allows members of the military leeway to modify debt, terminate leases, and postpone legal proceedings while on active duty. Court documents, however, state that Lauer never properly notified Degeer of his activation, as required under the law. Lauer insists he sent the notification through certified mail, but does not possess the receipt for it.

External links

General Election candidates

References

  1. Nevada Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
  2. Follow the Money.org, "Ross Miller candidate summary," May 20, 2011
  3. Follow the Money.org, "Rob Lauer candidate summary," May 20, 2011
  4. Follow the Money.org, "John Wagner candidate summary," May 20, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 As these are not cash contributions, they are not reflected in the reported ending balance.
  6. Nevada Secretary of State - Robert Lauer Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary (Report #2)
  7. Nevada Secretary of State - Ross Miller Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary (Report #2)
  8. Can-Do Conservatives of America - Endorsements
  9. Communication Workers of America - Endorsements
  10. 10.0 10.1 Las Vegas Police Protective Association - 2010 SNCOPS and Law Enforcement Coalition Endorsed Candidates
  11. Nevada State AFL-CIO - 2010 Endorsed Candidates
  12. Nevada State Education Association - NSEA Recommended Candidate List
  13. Clark County Elections 2010 Examiner, "The NSEA has released their Endorsed Candidates list" 25 May, 2010
  14. North Las Vega Police Officers Association - 2010 Endorsed Political Candidates
  15. Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce PAC - 2010 Endorsements
  16. Nevada Secretary of State - Ross Miller Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary (Report #1)
  17. The Record Courier, "Lauer to run for secretary of state" 13 Feb. 2010
  18. Nevada Secretary of State - Robert Lauer Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary (Report #1)
  19. Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Pre-debate poll shows Sandoval still in lead" 30 Aug. 2010
  20. Suffolk University, "Harry Reid with 3 Point Lead in Tight Nevada Senate Race" 13 Oct. 2010
  21. 21.0 21.1 Nevada News Bureau, "GOP Candidate For Secretary Of State Accused Of Battery, Counter-Alleges Same Against Las Vegas Woman" 8 June, 2010
  22. 22.0 22.1 Las Vegas Sun, "Secretary of State candidate charged with misdemeanor battery" 30 July, 2010
  23. Clark County Elections 2010 Examiner, "Republican candidate for Nevada Secretary of State charged with Assault" 2 Aug. 2010
  24. This is Reno, "Republican Party to file ethics complaints against Secretary of State Ross Miller and State Treasurer Kate Marshall" 13 April, 2010
  25. Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 281A
  26. My News 4 "Secretary of State Ross Miller cleared in ethics complaints, no hearing will be held" 14 May, 2010
  27. 27.0 27.1 Las Vegas Review Journal, "SECRETARY OF STATE HOPEFUL: Lawsuits dog GOP candidate" 14 March, 2010
  28. Nevada News Bureau, "Secretary Of State Candidate Rob Lauer Under Investigation" 14 March, 2010
  29. Nevada News Bureau, "Fiery Nevada Secretary Of State Debate Focuses On Past Allegations" 13 Oct. 2010