Legislative races taking shape

State Senate
(Nevada Current file photo)
(Nevada Current file photo)

Nevada’s Democratic legislative caucus may have to pick sides in the race to replace Sen. David Parks, who is term-limited.  

Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel, who represents Assembly District 20, announced Wednesday she’ll seek the Senate District 7 seat held by Parks. Spiegel says Parks toyed with the idea of running for Assembly District 20, but decided against it. Parks, who is eligible for one more term in the Assembly, did not respond to a request for comment from the Current.   

Spiegel says her Assembly colleague Richard Carillo may also enter the race, setting up a rare internal battle for the caucus. Carillo did not respond to requests for comment. Carillo currently represents Assembly District 18. Assembly Districts 18 and 20 are both in Senate District 7.  

The move leaves two seats in the Democratically-controlled Assembly up for grabs. Both Spiegel and Carillo easily turned back Republican challengers in 2018.  

Assemblywoman Dina Neal announced in September she’ll seek the Senate District Four seat once held by her father, Sen. Joe Neal. Neal has received the endorsement of Senate Democrats.

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.