Leslie, Brower Compete for State Senate District #15
State Senate District #15 pits Republican Greg Brower against veteran Democrat and legislator Sheila Leslie.
And while the two are politically opposed - they are a lot a like, personally. Each wants to find a fair and equitable way of funding education and each is known for their ability to cross political lines in Carson City.
After six terms in the Nevada State Assembly, Sheila Leslie makes a move to the State Senate. And after just one term there she's physically moved west and landed in a new Senate District - Senate District #15 which leaves her old Senate district up for grabs.
While some say it was political, she says her move was a personal one.
"Does it help my party? Yes it does. But that wasn't my motivation. My motivation was to downsize and move on with my life and I know a lot of older residents can understand that," she says.
As far as real issues go Leslie says funding for education tops her list.
"We need to look...again....at a broad based corporate tax," she says. "It's been recommended in this state since 1960. And at just 2% we'd generate $800-Million a year, enough to make a drastic difference in our state."
She is challenging Republican Greg Brower who served two terms in the Assembly and then was tapped by the Republican Party and appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to finish out the late State Senator Bill Raggio's term. This is his first run for it.
He sees a need for funding capital improvements in the schools. But he sees the economy as a whole as the big issue this session.
"While we try adequately to fund education we can't create a tax environment that is unattractive to businesses that want to come here and invest in our community," he says. "It's a delicate balance and we have to get it right!"
But both agree that collaboration from both parties will be the key to getting anything done this legislative session.