Ford on Sandoval: “I appreciate his kind words”

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Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nevada (Wikimedia commons)
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Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nevada (Wikimedia commons)

Governor Brian Sandoval has endorsed U.S. Sen. Dean Heller to retain his seat, State Sen. Michael Roberson for lieutenant governor and now he’s featured in an ad for Lidia Stiglich,  a Nevada Supreme Court Justice he named to the bench.

But Sandoval, who has declined to endorse fellow Republican Adam Laxalt or Democrat Steve Sisolak in the race for governor, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he won’t be endorsing either candidate in the race for Attorney General, either.  

Sandoval cited his relationships with both candidates in the race, State  Sen. Majority Leader Aaron Ford, a Democrat,and Wes Duncan, a former Republican state assemblyman and deputy attorney general serving in Laxalt’s office.  

“Positive things to say about both candidates, but I’m not going to get involved in the race,” Sandoval told the R.J.

Sandoval and Ford’s relationship has endured ups and downs.  The two have been on the same side of many measures, including major economic diversification packages as well as social issues such as a ban or conversion therapy, which Sandoval signed into law.  But Sandoval has vetoed many of the bills Ford toiled to pass, including paid sick leave and minimum wage.

“Governor Sandoval and I worked closely together in a bipartisan manner to protect health care access, increase public education funding, and keep our state’s economy on track,” Ford said in a statement to the Current.  “In a time when politics has become partisan and divisive, Governor Sandoval, my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and I were able to work together and move Nevada forward. I appreciate his kind words and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Most recently Sandoval and Ford have worked together to study the state’s criminal justice system and report the findings to the 2019 Legislature.  

Dana Gentry
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 is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

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