Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz officially announced his bid for governor on Tuesday.
Schwartz made his announcement Tuesday in Las Vegas, focusing in a statement on schools, the state economy, federal control of public lands and what he called "pay-to-play" influence by political lobbyists and wealthy insiders.
The Republican joins Las Vegas bicycle shop businessman and political newcomer Jared Fisher in a Republican field that is expected to also include state Attorney General Adam Laxalt.
Laxalt has not made an official campaign announcement, but Schwartz has criticized Laxalt's links to billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.
Schwartz credits term-limited Republican Governor Brian Sandoval with steering the state out of the Great Recession, but he says the state economy needs to diversify and schools need to improve.
Schwartz has been the state treasurer since January 2015.
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak also previously announced his bid for the office.
Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II released the following statement:
“While some establishment Republicans have been eager to anoint Adam Laxalt for Governor, Dan Schwartz’s self-funded campaign is poised to put a wrench in their best-laid plans. Adam Laxalt’s ethics problems and abuse of his office for his biggest campaign donor will be front and center in Schwartz’s primary campaign against the uninspiring puppet Attorney General who’s been ‘bought’ by billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Schwartz’s announcement sets the stage for a nasty and chaotic Republican primary that will be a race to the far right for the Nevada GOP. No matter who emerges from this primary, the Republican nominee will inevitably be deeply flawed and too extreme to serve as Nevada’s next Governor.”
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)