Battle for leadership of Nevada Dems heats up

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Judith Whitmer, Clark County Democratic Chairwoman, in December. (Clark County Democratic Party social media photo)
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Judith Whitmer, as Clark County Democratic Chairwoman in December. (Clark County Democratic Party social media photo)

Minority members of Nevada’s Democratic State Central Committee say candidate for chair Judith Whitmer and her affiliates have “worked against efforts to empower diversity within the Democratic Party and have tried to stifle the voices of people of color who voiced differing opinions.”

Whitmer faces opposition from Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, a leading progressive who Whitmer alleges is a representative of the establishment, dispatched to look out for the interests of elected Democrats such as U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Gov. Steve Sisolak.

The letter, signed by leaders of a variety of organizations representing the interests of minorities, says Whitmer has “viewed the creation of new diversity caucuses as a threat” to her influence on the state executive board.  The writers also allege Whitmer ‘purposely excluded people of color from open leadership positions” when spots were available.

“I have always strived to execute my duties as an elected leader within the Nevada State and
Clark County Democratic Parties in strict accordance with our bylaws, standing rules, and
procedures to the best of my ability,” Whitmer said in a statement to the Current. “Furthermore, I’ve always taken extra care to ensure that I have done so in a manner that is inclusive and embracing of our Party’s and our communities’ diversity. Nonetheless, I take these allegations very seriously.”

 

Dana Gentry
Senior Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.