After bitter primary, Culinary Union, Nevada legislative Democrats not singing kumbaya — yet

After bitter primary, Culinary Union, Nevada legislative Democrats not singing kumbaya — yet

Article brief provided by The Nevada Independent
  • Tabitha Mueller and Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent
June 17, 2024 9:21 PM
  • Tabitha Mueller and Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent

When the state’s politically powerful Culinary Union tried to unseat a sitting legislator, it was a declaration of the labor organization’s frustration with some of its closest allies.

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The union targeted Sen. Rochelle Nguyen (D-Las Vegas) by putting up nurse Geoconda Hughes (the daughter of former Culinary Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Argüello-Kline) to run against her in the Senate District 3 Democratic primary because Nguyen helped present a bill in the 2023 legislative session that unwound pandemic-era hotel cleaning requirements.

Nearly half a million dollars was spent on ads in the contest, most of it in support of Nguyen, in the most public split yet between legislative Democrats and the union.