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Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

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Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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Nevada State Assembly2012 Nevada Senate Elections
Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly were held in Nevada on November 6, 2012. All 42 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 16, 2012. The primary election day was June 12, 2012.

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Debbie Smith Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 30
Edwin Goedhart Ends.png Republican Assembly District 36
John Oceguera Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 16
Kelvin Atkinson Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 17
Mark Sherwood Ends.png Republican Assembly District 21
Peter Goicoechea Ends.png Republican Assembly District 35
Richard "Tick" Segerblom Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 9
Richard McArthur Ends.png Republican Assembly District 4
Scott Hammond Ends.png Republican Assembly District 13

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state houses

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Nevada State Assembly:

Nevada State Assembly
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 26 27
     Republican Party 16 15
Total 42 42


Campaign contributions

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state assembly in Nevada in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign spending in state assembly races, including spending in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 164 $8,353,520
2008 136 $8,201,307
2006 118 $8,513,172
2004 143 $8,216,031
2002 107 $6,009,028

In 2010, the candidates for state assembly raised a total of $8,353,520 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Clark County Education Association $160,000
Nevada State Education Association $153,500
Kirner, Randall J $150,200
Nevada Power Co $127,096
Nevada Association of Realtors $115,700
Keystone Corp $114,772
Boyd Gaming $108,500
Reel PAC $95,000
Irwin, Bob $90,000
MGM Mirage $87,535
Map of Nevada House Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 12 legislative districts meet the criteria after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Nevada

The Democratic-controlled Assembly passed a new map twice, and was vetoed both times before the session ended without a plan in place. With the legislature out of session until 2013, a three-member court-appointed special masters panel took over the redistricting process. Despite trying to get Democrats and Republicans to work out a resolution themselves, the panel issued plans in October, which the trial court tweaked. The panel concluded that bloc voting would not typically be enough to defeat minority voters' chosen candidate. Governing contributor Louis Jacobson noted that Republican gains were likely as a result of redistricting.[3][4]

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Nevada State Assembly, a candidate must be:[5]

  • 21 years old at the time of the election
  • A citizen resident of the State of Nevada for one year preceding this election
  • A resident of the district for a period of 30 days next preceding closing date for filing as a candidate

Term limits

John Oceguera represented District 16 of the Nevada State Assembly from 2000 until 2012. He was ineligible to run for re-election in 2012.
See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2012

2010 was the first year that some Nevada State Representatives were ineligible to run for office because of the term limits law first passed in 1994.

Nevada voters approved Question 9A in 1996. Question 9A was a second vote on a term limits amendment first approved in 1994. Alone among the states with ballot initiatives, Nevada voters must approve a proposed constitutional amendment twice before it goes into the Nevada Constitution. The 1994 and 1996 votes cumulatively led to Paragraph 2 of Section 3 of Article 4 of the Nevada Constitution, which says, "No person may be elected or appointed as a member of the Assembly who has served in that Office, or at the expiration of his current term if he is so serving will have served, 12 years or more, from any district of this State."

1 Nevada State Representative, John Oceguera (D), was termed-out in 2012. This was 2% of the state's 42 state representatives.

In addition to the 1 Nevada state representative who left office because of term limits, 4 Nevada state senators were also termed-out.

Expenditure disclosure

In February 2012, Las Vegas Sun reporter Anjeanette Damon wrote a series of stories detailing the failure by several Democratic legislators to disclose how they spent portions of their campaign money to help pay for expenditures. Damon's first story described how three Assembly Democrats -- Debbie Smith, David Bobzien, and Lucy Flores -- failed to report the expenditure of campaign funds used to pay for rent and living expenses during legislative sessions. The legislators were instructed by the Assembly Democrat's lawyer that they did not have to report spending on expenses related to their public office.[6][7][8]

After Damon's initial report, Assembly Democrats Marcus Conklin, Richard Daly, Peggy Pierce, and Marilyn Dondero-Loop came forward to admit that they had also failed to report expenses after getting the same legal advice. The six lawmakers filed new expense reports that detailed nearly $45,000 in campaign funds that were spent on living expenses such as rent, electronics, house cleaning and supplies, groceries, lunches, and dinners. Nevada legislators are paid a $736/month housing allowance during legislative session if they live more than 50 miles from Carson City. In addition, all legislatures receive $154 per diem during legislative session.[6][7][8]

Martin Dean Dupalo, president of the Nevada Center for Public Ethics, wrote an op-ed piece in the Las Vegas Sun about the failed disclosures. He described the situation as "a purposeful act of withholding mandated public information that was uncovered by a journalist—not reported as part of a broader discussion between legislators and the executive branch, or much less the public."[6][7][8]

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMarilyn Kirkpatrick: 19,816 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • John Hambrick Approveda - Incumbent Hambrick first assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyJohn Hambrick: 19,766 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyPeggy Pierce: 11,805 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyPhyllis McGuire Moilanen: 5,626

District 4

Note: Incumbent Republican Richard McArthur did not seek re-election. He instead ran for District 18 of the Nevada State Senate.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

Note: Jerimy L. Kirschner filed for election, but withdrew prior to the primary election.

Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada June 12 Independent American primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyKenneth C. Evans: 11,354
Republican PartyMichele Fiore: 14,239 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_NevadaJonathan J. Hansen: 1,219

District 5

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada June 12 Independent American primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMarilyn Dondero Loop: 12,200 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyBill Harrington: 10,705
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_NevadaJason Reeves: 872

District 6

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyHarvey J. Munford: 13,456 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDina Neal: 14,496 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyBrent T. Leavitt: 5,293

District 8

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJason Frierson: 11,550 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyArthur D. Martinez: 7,384

District 9

Note: Incumbent Democrat Richard "Tick" Segerblom did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyAndrew Martin: 11,276 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyC. Kelly Hurst: 9,930

District 10

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJoseph Hogan: 10,558 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyTim Farrell: 5,935

District 11

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Olivia Diaz Approveda - Incumbent Diaz first assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyOlivia Diaz: 8,145 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJames Ohrenschall: 13,274 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyBridgette Bryant: 9,028

District 13

Note: Incumbent Republican Scott Hammond won election in District 18 of the Nevada State Senate.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyLouis Desalvio: 12,059
Republican PartyPaul Anderson: 14,271 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMaggie Carlton: 10,535 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyAmy L. Groves: 4,475

District 15

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyElliot Anderson: 11,809 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyMegan Heryet: 4,581

District 16

Note: Incumbent Democrat John Oceguera was unable to seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyHeidi Swank: 9,649 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyBen Boarman: 3,859

District 17

Note: Incumbent Democrat Kelvin Atkinson won election to the state senate.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Steven Brooks Approveda - Incumbent Brooks first assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartySteven Brooks: 13,607 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyLen Marciano: 6,247

District 18

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Carrillo: 15,666 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Cresent Hardy Approveda - Incumbent Hardy first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyFelipe Rodriguez: 10,090
Republican PartyCresent Hardy: 13,152 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyEllen Spiegel: 12,894 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyEric Mendoza: 8,218

District 21

Note: Incumbent Republican Mark Sherwood did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada June 12 Independent American primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyAndy Eisen: 12,123 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyBecky Harris: 11,343
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_NevadaLes McKay: 745

District 22

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Lynn Stewart Approveda - Incumbent Stewart first assumed office in 2006.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyRandy Spoor: 12,471
Republican PartyLynn Stewart: 16,988 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMichael Joe: 11,602
Republican PartyMelissa Woodbury: 21,577 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • David Bobzien Approveda - Incumbent Bobzien first assumed office in 2006.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDavid Bobzien: 12,823 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyHeidi Waterman: 6,015

District 25

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Pat Hickey Approveda - Incumbent Hickey first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Pat Hickey: 26,198 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Randy Kirner Approveda - Incumbent Kirner first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyRodney R. Petzak: 12,872
Republican PartyRandy Kirner: 19,926 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

Note: Yvonne Larkin filed to run for election, but withdrew prior to the primary election. The Washoe County GOP chose Tom Taber to be on the general ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyTeresa Benitez-Thompson: 14,160 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyTom Taber: 10,356

District 28

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lucy Flores: 9,407 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada June 12 Independent American primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyApril Mastroluca: 13,418 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyBob Irwin: 12,126
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_NevadaAnthony Blanque: 942

District 30

Note: Incumbent Democrat Debbie Smith won election to the state senate.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMichael Sprinkle: 12,094 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyKen Lightfoot: 9,118

District 31

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Richard Daly Approveda - Incumbent Daly first assumed office in 2010.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyRichard Daly: 14,540 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyDavid Espinosa: 13,422

District 32

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Ira Hansen Approveda Incumbent Hansen first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyIra Hansen: 21,555 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • John Ellison Approveda - Incumbent Ellison first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyJohn Ellison: 18,571 Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party William C. Horne: 13,861 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Clark Harrington: 10,348

District 35

Note: Incumbent Republican Peter Goicoechea won election in District 19 of the Nevada State Senate.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJames W. Healey: 11,507 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyTom Blanchard: 10,446

District 36

Note: Incumbent Republican Edwin Goedhart did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyAnthony Wernicke: 8,020
Republican PartyJames Oscarson: 14,539 Green check mark transparent.png

District 37

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMarcus Conklin: 14,296
Republican PartyWesley Duncan: 14,969 Green check mark transparent.png

District 38

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Tom Grady Approveda - Incumbent Grady first assumed office in 2002.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyTom Grady: 21,545 Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada June 12 Independent American primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyJim Wheeler: 22,546 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_NevadaDavid Schumann: 7,842

District 40

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyRich Dunn: 11,634
Republican PartyPete Livermore: 15,914 Green check mark transparent.png

District 41

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Paul Aizley Approveda - Incumbent Aizley first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyPaul Aizley: 11,680 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyPhil Regeski: 9,872

District 42

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyIrene Bustamante Adams: 11,182 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyRobert Mcentee: 5,493

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