Biden campaign opens new east Las Vegas office

Volunteers, supporters and community members gather in east Las Vegas Thursday over tacos to celebrate the opening of a new field office for President Joe Biden's re-election campaign. The opening marks the campaign's fifth office in Nevada. Courtesy/Nevada State Democratic Party

By Casey Harrison

April 5, 2024

The office is in the heart of one of Las Vegas’ largest Latino communities, and marks the fifth Biden-Harris office operating in Nevada this election cycle.

Local Democratic leaders, advocates, and volunteers for President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign celebrated the opening of their newest field office in Nevada on Thursday, underscoring the importance of Nevada as a swing state in the 2024 election.

The office, located near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Lamb Boulevard, is in the heart of one of Las Vegas’ largest Latino communities, and marks the fifth Biden-Harris campaign office operating in Nevada this election cycle. It’s part of the campaign’s broader national effort to increase voter outreach in likely swing states like Nevada, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Outside the event, local street vendors prepared freshly-cooked tacos for attendees, while inside, the local mariachi band Tempestad performed. The grand opening also featured remarks from several Democratic notables, including US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, who was in Las Vegas visiting an elementary school and attended in his personal capacity.

“It’s really important to remind the community that their voice matters,” Cardona, who is of Puerto Rican descent, told The Nevadan. “So by going out and talking to folks, not only to share what the president and Democrats have done, but also where we’re going as a party and to make those connections that resonates with their values.”

And while it’s important to engage with voters ahead of any election, Nevada Democratic US Rep. Dina Titus said her party is giving an all-hands-on-deck effort this year to defeat Biden’s likely opponent, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

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“You don’t want people to have to come to you – you want to take the campaign to them,” Titus told reporters at the event. “This is kind of the heart of my district, the east side. It’s a very lively district, lots going on, and we want them to remember what they’ve done twice in the past – and that is to reject Trump.”

It’s unclear how many offices the Trump campaign has in Nevada, but reporting last month from the New York Times shows Trump’s recent shakeup of the RNC will allow him to use the party’s apparatus as a proxy for his campaign. Trump lost Nevada in 2016 and again in 2020, each time by roughly 2.4 percentage points.

With an operation fueled by hundreds of thousands of small dollar donors and energized supporters, and without sharing our strategy with Democrats through the media, we have the message, the operation, and the money to propel President Trump to victory on Nov. 5,” Trump campaign senior advisor and RNC Chief of Staff Chris LaCivita said in a statement.

A RNC spokesperson told The Nevadan that Trump’s campaign had offices and staff prior to the state-run presidential primary and the state GOP’s run caucuses, but did not elaborate how many offices the Trump campaign currently has in Nevada.

“I think the Republicans are far behind us when it comes to field operations, from walking (door-to-door), calling, to having campaign offices, and it kind of shows their lack of commitment,” Titus said. “This is a swing state we never take for granted. We work very hard, and this is some indication of how it pays off.”

In a presidential election that’s almost certain to be determined by a slim margin, it’s that type of ground work done now that can pay dividends in November.

“I know it’s a sacrifice,” state Sen. Edgar Flores told volunteers. “And I know you have a million more important things to do, individually. But, collectively, there is nothing more important than us fighting for our country (and) ensuring that we keep moving forward.”

  • Casey Harrison

    Casey Harrison is political correspondent for The Nevadan. Previously, he covered politics and the Oakland Athletics' relocation to Southern Nevada for the Las Vegas Sun, and before that, was a digital producer at The Detroit News. Casey graduated from Michigan State University in 2019.

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