State Sen. Cancela fears ‘Gov. Laxalt’ would undo accomplishments of Sandoval administration

State Sen. Yvanna Cancela, D-Las Vegas, said Thursday on Nevada Newsmakers that she fears if Attorney General Adam Laxalt is elected governor, he will undo accomplishments by current Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Cancela, a former political director for the Culinary Workers Union, said Laxalt could be “dangerous” for Sandoval’s legacy of a ‘New Nevada.’

Both Sandoval and Laxalt are Republicans. Laxalt is considered the front-runner to win the GOP gubernatorial primary in 2018. Sandoval is term limited as governor after 2018.

“I’m very concerned about the potential of having Adam Laxalt sit in the governor’s mansion,” Cancela said on Nevada Newsmakers. “I think he could undo a lot of the progress we’ve made under Gov. Sandoval.


“He (Laxalt) could be really dangerous as to what Gov. Sandoval has deemed as ‘The New Nevada,’ ” Cancela said. “So I am hopeful that as a (Democratic) party, we will put forward the best (gubernatorial) nominee and do everything we can to prevent a Gov. Laxalt.”

Cancela did not provide specifics and pushed back on a suggestion she was describing an Obama-to-Trump transition of power, only on a state level.

Veteran Nevadan Journalist Ray Hagar is known for fair and tough reporting and invigorating commentary.

“I don’t know if I would go that far,” she said. “But I think it is very interesting to watch Gov. Sandoval and it was frankly, inspiring to watch Gov. Sandoval shepherd the 2015 Legislature to make sure we passed the largest tax package in the state’s history to make sure that education was fully funded.

“I don’t know if a Gov. Laxalt would have that same vision and tenacity to lead in those situations,” Cancela said. “Nevada has come to rely on a specific type of leadership and I am not sure that Adam Laxalt would provide the same kind of vision and determination we need in the governor’s mansion.”

Cancela would not pick a side in the upcoming Democratic gubernatorial matchup between two Clark County commissioners — Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani, saying, “both have tremendous vision for the state.”

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