Here’s who’s on the ballot in Nevada’s House primary elections

FILE - Election workers process ballots at the Clark County Election Department, Nov. 10, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

By Casey Harrison

June 7, 2024

From a video game composer to a longtime DJ, these candidates are looking to challenge safe House incumbents en route to the November election.

Little time remains before Nevada’s June 11 primary, but there are still several ways to have your voice heard in deciding who represents the Silver State on Capitol Hill.

The early voting period ends Friday, but Election Day is Tuesday and folks can either vote in-person or drop off their mail ballot at any polling location or ballot drop box in their respective county. Nevada’s primary elections are closed, meaning that only registered voters of either the Nevada Democratic or Republican parties can vote for candidates running in those parties’ primaries.

The state allows for same-day voter registration and permits individuals to change their party affiliation at any time.

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The Republican National Committee has identified the three Southern Nevada districts currently held by Democrats as possible seats to flip to further the GOP’s slim majority in the US House. But that possibility might depend on which candidates actually advance and whether they can build momentum in the leadup to the Nov. 5 general election.

Below are short bios of candidates vying for each House seat. For information on local races, check your county clerks’ website here.

Dina Titus

Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., speaks at a campaign event Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Congressional District 1

Democratic Party

  • Dina Titus: Titus is the most senior member of Nevada’s congressional delegation, and her lengthy tenure in public service has made her a recognizable name throughout the state. In her current term, Titus has applauded the Biden administration’s efforts to reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I to Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act, as well as helped secure millions in federal grant dollars for Harry Reid International Airport and the Brightline West high-speed rail project through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Republican Party

  • Mark Robertson: Robertson is a Las Vegas-based financial planner and retired Army National Guard colonel, and was Titus’ Republican opponent for the 2022 election, where he lost by about 12,000 votes, or 5.6 percentage points. Touting his financial know-how, Robertson claims he can balance the federal budget and “stand up to big spenders” in Congress. Robertson on his website calls for conservative immigration reforms and federal programs to bolster school choice (the use of taxpayer dollars to fund private school tuition).
  • Flemming Larsen: Larsen’s family established the Larsen’s Restaurants steakhouse chain, and he’s attempting his first run for federal office after narrowly losing a Nevada state assembly seat to Democrat Max Carter in 2022 by fewer than 500 votes. Larsen has outraised Titus, according to Federal Election Commission campaign finance records, and told the nonpartisan candidate tracking website Ballotpedia that his biggest legislative concerns are bolstering public safety and stopping migrants from illegally entering the US through the southern border.
  • Michael Boris: Boris told Ballotpedia he owns an appliance repair business and is also a stand-up comedian, but considers himself an “America First” candidate who wants to better education and expand health care access and job opportunities for veterans.
Here’s who’s on the ballot in Nevada’s House primary elections

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, speaks as the House Rules Committee readies funding bills for energy and water development and funding for the legislative branch to go to the floor for a vote, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congressional District 2

Democratic Party

  • No Democratic candidates are running in this race, according to FEC filings.

Republican Party

  • Mark Amodei: Amodei has served as Northern Nevada’s US Representative since 2011 and is seeking his eighth term on the Hill. He’s the Silver State’s only GOP representation in Congress and is a consistent conservative vote in the Republican-controlled house. Amodei sits on the House Appropriations Committee and chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security. A fiscal conservative, Amodei’s tenure predates Trump and the MAGA movement, but has increasingly aligned himself with the right flank of the GOP in recent years.
  • Fred J. Simon Jr.: Simon, a trauma surgeon by trade, has positioned himself as a MAGA candidate who supports completing the wall at the US Southern Border. He finished sixth in the 2022 GOP gubernatorial primary with 6,856, or 3% of the total vote.

Third-Party Candidates

  • Greg Kidd (no party affiliation): Retired banker and entrepreneur Greg Kidd’s resume includes degrees from Brown University, Yale University, and the Harvard Kennedy School. Kidd told Ballotpedia he wants to establish federal protections for abortion and use revenue generated from the state’s vast natural resources to uplift underserved communities. After founding a successful dispatch company, Kidd says he became an angel investor in Twitter and Square, and states on his website he wants to prepare Nevada residents for the next century by bringing innovation, financial resilience, and opportunity to the state. Kidd has out-fundraised Amodei as of the most recent FEC reports.
Susie Lee

Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., waves on stage with Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., before President Joe Biden speaks about the economy, Tuesday March 19, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Congressional District 3

Democratic Party

  • Susie Lee (incumbent): Rep. Lee is running unopposed in her primary but is likely in for one of the closest US House races in Nevada. She bested her GOP opponent in 2022 by roughly 10,000 votes, or four percentage points. Lee likes to champion her ability to reach across the aisle, and last month was named by Georgetown University’s Lugar Center as the seventh-most bipartisan representative in the 435-member body. But she has also helped pass key pieces of President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. Lee’s office has further sought to better equip businesses against organized retail theft and has helped Nevada secure federal investments to conserve water and public lands.
  • RockAthena Brittain: Brittain, a longtime DJ, claims she is the first openly transgender person to seek a Nevada congressional office. According to her website, her campaign seeks to protect access to reproductive care, expand LGBTQ+ freedoms, and expand affordable housing.
Video game music composer Martin "Marty" O'Donnell

FILE – This June 7, 2024, screen grab shows Republican US House candidate Martin O’Donell speaking during a campaign advertisement. O’Donnell is running to unseat Democratic US Rep. Susie Lee in Nevada’s third congressional district.

Republican Party

  • Marty O’Donnell: O’Donnell, a composer, is making his foray into politics after a successful career writing video game soundtracks, including for iconic franchises like Halo and Destiny. O’Donnell has sworn he won’t take a single contribution from political action committees, and has been active on social media sites like X and Discord to interact with younger voters. He’s also been endorsed by Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo, and is mostly self-funding his campaign, according to a recent interview with The Nevada Independent.
  • Drew Johnson: Johnson is a conservative commentator and self-proclaimed watchdog whose articles have appeared in the Washington Examiner, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and other outlets. Johnson claims his investigations have exposed billions in wasteful government spending (though The Nevadan was unable to independently verify that figure.) Johnson’s platform centers primarily on promoting fiscal responsibility and cutting federal programs, which he claims will combat inflation.
  • Daniel Schwartz: Schwartz served as Nevada State Treasurer from 2015-2019 and also served as the finance chair of the Nevada Republican Party. He touts on his website that during his tenure as treasurer he advocated for school voucher programs, and, if elected, hoped to enlist young people to engage in public service and support term limits for members of Congress.
  • Elizabeth Helgelien: Helgelien is a former state Senator and has earned endorsements from several far-right Trump allies, including Trump’s convicted former adviser Roger Stone and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor whom he pardoned after Flynn was convicted on a charge of lying to investigators.
Steven Horsford

President Joe Biden listens as Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., center, gestures to Maryland Gov. Wes Moore during a visit to SOUTH Restaurant and Jazz Club, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Congressional District 4

Democratic Party

  • Steven Horsford (incumbent): Horsford this Congress was named chairman of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus and is the likely candidate to win his party’s nomination and advance to the November general election. Over his last term, Horsford has advocated for legislation that would invest in community programs in historically disadvantaged communities, as well as expanded broadband access and increased opportunities for affordable housing. Given his rising stock on the national political scene, Horsford’s race could see money pouring in from interests on all sides of the political spectrum.
  • Levy Schultz: Schultz, who says on his website that he’s the director of international trade and security at Las Vegas-based Blue Air Training Corp, is a US Navy veteran and is running a grassroots campaign that centered on ridding the political process of corporate interests. He says he only accepts campaign contributions from individuals, small businesses, and union partnerships, and has identified affordable housing and rural access to healthcare as core campaign themes.
Former North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee

FILE – This screengrab of a campaign ad for Nevada Republican congressional candidate John Lee shows him talking to a constituent. Lee is running to challenge Democratic US Rep. Steven Horsford.

Republican Party

  • John Lee: Lee arguably is the most recognizable name running in the Republican primary. He served as North Las Vegas Mayor from 2013-2022 and began his term as a Democrat, but announced in 2021 he was leaving the party to become a Republican. Lee has scored endorsements from Gov. Joe Lombardo and former President Donald Trump, and before becoming mayor, was a state assemblyman from 1996-2002 and a state Senator from 2004-2012.

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  • David Flippo: Despite Lee’s high-profile endorsements, Flippo, a US Air Force veteran, has actually out-fundraised Lee, as of the most recent FEC campaign finance filing period. Flippo’s website states Nevada needs a representative who can address rising crime, fledgling schools, and “suffocating” business regulations, and has gotten endorsements from far-right US House members Paul Gosar of Arizona and Lauren Boebert of Colorado.
  • Bruce Frazey: Frazey describes himself on his campaign website as a former attorney, “respected” accountant, and lifelong entrepreneur, and is the only Republican running in the primary who does not support Trump. If elected, he says, he will champion the “values of collaboration, rather than division, the restoration of fiscal sanity, and the creation of abundant opportunities for all to help resurrect the middle class.”
  • 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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