Former Republican Senator Dean Heller has just announced his campaign to become the next governor of Nevada. In his announcement on Monday, Heller paints himself as being a conservative candidate against mask mandates and notes his opposition to defunding the police.
The Hill reports:
“After serving Nevada in the Senate, I thought I was done with politics,” Heller says. “But look what’s happened to Nevada. We have a governor more interested in putting us out of work than putting us back to work. Las Vegas became a sanctuary city. Violent crime’s exploding. People who work for a living are scared. And I’ve had it.”
Heller won an appointment to fill a Senate seat left vacant by former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), who resigned in the midst of scandal. Heller lost reelection in 2018, a victim of voter backlash against Trump.
In that race, he painted himself as a centrist capable of working across the aisle. In this contest, Heller takes a more conservative line as he prepares for a Republican primary ahead of a matchup against Gov. Steve Sisolak (R).
“I’m sick of seeing abortion clinics open while churches and schools are closed. My grandkids playing soccer in masks. That’s all on Gov. Sisolak,” Heller says in the video. “I’m running for governor because Nevada deserves a whole lot better than this guy.”