The State Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson on Monday, August 21, officially announced that he will be running to be the state of Nevada’s next lieutenant governor.
“With the experience I have gained as a business attorney, assisting numerous job providers in Nevada’s leading economic industries, as well as serving the people of our great state in elected office, I believe I am uniquely qualified for this position,” Roberson said in a press statement.
“I will also seek to assist our next Governor in growing and diversifying our economy, expanding education opportunities for all Nevada families and presiding over our state senate during legislative sessions.”
Nevada Senate Republican Caucus leader Roberson’s announcement was highly anticipated but subject upon Nevada’s incumbent Mark Hutchison giving up the position. Nevada’s lieutenant governor Hutchinson announced last week that he would not be seeking second-tern in the 2018 election.
No Democrats have proclaimed their candidacy yet for the lieutenant governor’s election. But the former two-term Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller confirmed to The Centrio News that she is considering a comeback to politics.
Roberson is expected to run on an unofficial party along with Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt who is seeking the governor’s position; the latter has not yet announced his candidacy for next year’s election.
Roberson was first elected to the Nevada’s Senate District 20 dating back in 2010 and came victorious re-election after four-years.
Roberson ran for the Representative last year 2016 in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, but has been defeated to Danny Tarkanian in the Republican primary election by an 8 percentage point deficit. However, the latter went on to lose in the general to Democrat Jacky Rosen.
Minutes after Roberson proclaimed that he is indeed running for lieutenant governor seat, Republican veteran Byron Brooks also announced that he would be running for the Henderson senate seat.
Should Roberson’s elected lieutenant governor, he would serve as the symbolic head of the Senate and also chair the Nevada Commission on Tourism as well as other boards. Roberson could also serve as a skilled hand to shepherd legislation and a budget for the future Nevada governor.