SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AARON FORD NAMES ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER KELVIN ATKINSON THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS’S 2018 CAMPAIGN CHAIR

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January 8, 2018

 

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AARON FORD NAMES ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER KELVIN ATKINSON THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS’S 2018 CAMPAIGN CHAIR

 

Today, State Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford announced Assistant Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson will serve as Campaign Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus for the 2018 cycle.  In this role, Senator Atkinson will be heading up the Caucus’s day-to-day campaign activity for 2018 elections, including candidate recruitment, fundraising, and candidate and Caucus election efforts.    

 

“I am excited to be heading up our efforts to maintain and expand our majority in the Nevada State Senate,” said Senator Atkinson.  “Our Caucus has maintained a strategic, professional campaign operation for many years, which enabled us to take back the majority last cycle.  I look forward to carrying that torch forward in 2018.  Throughout 2017, we continued to see an environment that favored Democrats nationwide, from special elections across the country to Virginia’s off-year elections.  I am dedicated to ensuring we have top-notch candidates and the resources necessary to take full advantage of this environment with winning campaigns this fall.”

 

“Senator Atkinson has long been a valued leader in our Caucus,” said Senator Ford.  “I am proud to name him as Campaign Chair for the Senate Democratic Caucus for the 2018 cycle and I’m confident that he will use his experience and dedication to make sure that we run a winning campaign operation this cycle that will allow us to maintain and expand our majority this November.”

In his first act as Campaign Chair, Senator Atkinson named President Pro Tempore Mo Denis and Senator Nicole Cannizzaro as Co-Vice Campaign Chairs.  

 

The Senate Democratic Caucus currently holds a 12 to 9 majority in the Nevada State Senate.  This includes SD 21, a Democratic seat that is currently open, and SD 8, held by Senator Patricia Farley, an Independent who caucuses with the Democratic Caucus.  The Senate Democratic Caucus is well-positioned to maintain its majority this fall, with four of the five seats currently held by Democratic Caucus Members up for re-election being safe Democratic seats.  Of the three competitive swing seats on the ballot in the Senate in 2018 (SD 8, SD 9, and SD 20), Hillary Clinton won two, and lost the third by less than two percentage points.

 

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