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Sisolak: Message For General Election Will Be Education, Health Care, Jobs


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Clark County Commission Chair and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak reacts as he walks off stage at an election night party, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Nevada voters picked the people they want to compete to lead the state come November with primary elections this week.

Democrats selected Steve Sisolak and Republicans picked Adam Laxalt

Sisolak told State of Nevada there were clear differences between himself and Laxalt.

"Adam Laxalt and I are on the opposite side of most of these issues, so there is a going to be a clear choice between the two of us," he said

He said he plans to focus on his message during the general election:  improving education, addressing health care and continuing efforts to create more jobs.

"Nevadans -- whether they're north, south, east or west -- are looking for the same thing," Sisolak said. "They're looking for quality education for their kids, they're looking for good health care that is affordable and accessible, and they're looking for a continuation of the job creation that the private sector has done with the help of the public sector."

The Democratic candidate said he is already getting emails, text messages and phone calls from people around the state expressing their support for his campaign.

"I've got a tremendous amount of support -- not just from the Democratic base that we're running on -- but the nonpartisan and Republicans that I've known for many, many years," he said. "I'm confident we can expand that base as we move forward."

Support comes from

Sisolak has long been known as someone who is socially liberal and fiscally conservative. During the primary election, he tacked to the left. Now, he said he accepts the label 'progressive' because he said he believes that to make the state better, you have to make progress.

As far as some of the issues to likely come up during the election, Sisolak says he believes the commerce tax passed in 2015 to help fund education should stay in place.

But he also wants more ways to fund education, like making sure the taxes from marijuana sales end up helping schools.

He also supports gun control measures, such as finding a way to implement the voter-approved background check measure, and banning bump stocks.

"We lost 58 lives on 1 October through bump stocks," he said. "It's inexcusable that that alteration of a gun is allowed, and that's something we need to move forward and eliminate. And I think the general public agrees with me."



Steve Sisolak, Democratic candidate for governor

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