Former Nevada state Treasurer Dan Schwartz is running for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional district, a seat held by Democratic Rep. Susie Lee, according to the Associated Press.
Schwartz previously ran for Nevada’s 4th District in 2012, but lost the Republican primary by over 20 percent to perennial candidate Danny Tarkanian. In 2018, Schwartz lost the GOP primary for governor by over 60 percent to then Attorney General Adam Laxalt.
Lee’s campaign released a statement saying the congresswoman, who is serving her first term, “is confident that her bipartisan, problem-solving efforts to increase public education funding, lower health care costs, and advocate on behalf of southern Nevada veterans will continue to resonate with voters. Dan Schwartz, on the other hand, has been overwhelmingly rejected even by his own party in multiple elections.”
According to the AP, Schwartz believes the nation is “fighting democrat socialism” and chose to run in part to provide an alternative to the leftward turn by the Democratic Party, pointing to presidential candidates like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as an example of the party’s embrace of socialism.
“With Congress being taken over by Democratic Socialists, it’s time to fight back. I fought for us in Nevada. This time I’ll do it in Congress,” wrote Schwartz in a tweet.
With Congress being taken over by Democratic Socialists, it's time to fight back. I fought for us in Nevada. This time I’ll do it in Congress. #DanSchwartz #NV3 #NevadaPolitics #2020 pic.twitter.com/8mTUWmID7S
— Dan Schwartz (@Dan4Nevada) July 9, 2019
“They’re trying to give away more free things than the other candidates,” Schwartz said of the 2020 Democratic field.
At least one other Republican, Zachary WalkerLieb, a Las Vegas real estate agent, has filed for the seat.