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Vegas-area county lawmaker files as Democrat for governor

March 13, 2018

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017 file photo, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani announces her campaign for governor outside of Las Vegas Academy in downtown Las Vegas. Giunchigliani, a veteran county lawmaker in Las Vegas, filed campaign documents Tuesday, March 13, 2018, to run as a Democrat for governor. Giunchigliani said Tuesday she's been touring Nevada's counties, and opened her first campaign office in Reno. (Chase Stevens /Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A veteran county lawmaker in Las Vegas has filed documents to run as a Democrat for governor.

Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani (joon-kihl-ee-AHN’-ee) used the occasion on Tuesday to talk about touring Nevada counties and opening her first campaign office in Reno.

Known to many as Chris G, she is a former teachers’ union president who was first elected to the commission in 2006.

The seven-member body has jurisdiction over the Las Vegas Strip and unincorporated parts of a county with more than 2 million of the state’s 3 million residents.

Giunchigliani will vie against Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak (SIHS’-oh-lahk) and several lesser-known candidates for the Democratic nomination June 12.

Filings end Friday.

The top Republican candidates so far are Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt and state Treasurer Dan Schwartz.

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