Nevada Resort Association PAC endorsed candidates prevail in the election

Photo: Stickers for voters at Chinatown in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)

Nevada Resort Association PAC endorsed candidates prevail in the election

Article brief provided by The Nevada Independent
  • Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent
November 23, 2022 12:28 PM
  • Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent
  • Nevada
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The Nevada Resorts PAC saw 16 of their 17 endorsed Assembly candidates win their races in the midterm elections this month.

The effort, backed by the gaming industry’s leading trade group, added two more endorsed candidates to its roster after it released its third quarter contribution and expenditure report in October – Democratic Assemblywoman Elaine Marzola from Las Vegas and Duy Nguyen, a Democrat running for an open seat in Assembly District 9.

Both won their elections.

Nguyen was one of eight non-incumbent candidates backed by the PAC who won their races. Only Tiffany Jones, a Republican seeking election to Assembly District 35 in Reno, lost her race.

The organization is also on record as having backed several incoming Democratic leaders to the Assembly, including presumptive Speaker Steve Yeager from Assembly District 9 in Las Vegas, who is the Democratic Caucus Leader and speaker pro tempore.

Other incoming leaders backed by the PAC include Assemblywoman Danielle Monroe-Moreno from District 1 in Las Vegas, who will chair the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, and Assemblywoman Sandra Jauegui from District 41 in Las Vegas, who will take on the role of majority floor leader.

The Nevada Resort PAC raised more than $2.35 million for its 2022 election effort. In announcing the PAC’s formation in January, the Resort Association said its membership of nearly 80 casinos statewide wanted to “recruit, assess, endorse, and elect state legislative candidates in 2022.”

R&R Partners CEO Billy Vassiliadis, the resort association’s longtime lobbyist, said the week before the election, “We covered the candidates that we thought deserved support. We said before, this group isn’t going away.”