LAS VEGAS (AP) — Steve Sisolak isn’t saying whether he’s running for Nevada governor, but the Democratic head of the elected body that oversees the Las Vegas Strip acknowledged Wednesday that he has more campaign money available than his possible Republican opponent.
The Clark County Commission chairman has about $3.8 million in cash-on-hand, dating back to funds he has collected since 2011.
That compares with $1.5 million cash-on-hand that GOP state Attorney General Adam Laxalt said Monday he has entering 2017. State law lets candidates carry unspent funds from previous election cycles into future campaigns.
Neither Sisolak nor Laxalt has announced a run to replace GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval, who can’t seek re-election because of term limits. But both men are considering a bid.
Sisolak is in his third term on a seven-member commission with jurisdiction over the Las Vegas Strip and a sprawling county the size of New Jersey.
Laxalt is the grandson of former Republican U.S. Sen. and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt. His power base is in northern Nevada.
“I don’t have anything to tell you on my future plans,” Sisolak said Wednesday. But he said he expects to make a decision this spring.
Sisolak’s 2016 candidate finance report, filed Tuesday with the Nevada secretary of state, said he collected $319,000 in the last days of his November campaign for re-election to a final commission term. He’s term-limited from running again in 2020.
Laxalt’s finance report, filed Monday, showed he raised nearly $1.2 million in 2016. With money left over from 2015, Laxalt said he had $1.5 million available. Laxalt’s campaign adviser, Robert Uithoven, said Laxalt hadn’t decided whether to run for governor.
Two Republicans considered among the potential front-runners for the 2018 gubernatorial nomination — Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller — have said they won’t run. Heller said he plans to seek re-election to the Senate.
No Democrat has announced plans to run for governor. Possible candidates could include U.S. Rep Dina Titus, state Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford and state Sen. Tick Segerblom.
Sandoval spent about $4.3 million in his first gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and about $3.5 million to win re-election in 2014.