Governor, the Legislature must convene in the middle for a sensible center of Nevada.


This opinion column was introduced by Ash Mirchandani, Chairman of the Coalition of Independent Nevada Residents.

During the 2022 election cycle, nonpartisan voter registration grew by 2.69%, increasing their share to 30.37% of active registered voters in Nevada. During the 2022 elections, a total of 1,025,824 votes were cast out of 1,871,188 eligible voters, representing 55% of the voter turnout. The total Democratic voter turnout was 364,570; Republican, 392,601; non-partisans and others – 265,021 people.

Non-partisan and other voters won 25.8% of the vote and contributed to the victory of most candidates in their races. For example, in the race for governor, Governor Lombardo received 497,377 votes while only 392,601 Republicans voted, meaning that at least 104,769 other nonpartisan, third-party, and Democratic voters voted for Governor Lombardo. Similarly, in the race for Attorney General, Attorney General Aaron Ford received 511,263 votes while the total Democratic vote was 354,570, meaning 145,693 nonpartisan, Republican, and third-party voters voted for Ford. COIN is very encouraged by these results and is proud of its unbiased advocacy work in 2022.

We will continue to build on our success this year and beyond. COIN’s 2023 goal is to increase registered membership to 25,000, engage non-partisans through monthly meet and greets with elected officials, and advocate for education, housing, mental health, and small business legislation in the 2023 legislative session.

The Governor’s State of the Union address presented the 2023 session with a number of challenges related to education, crime and public safety, and electoral reform, to name but a few. Both sides will have to climb mountains and build bridges. We hope both parties will focus and take the time to develop business-friendly policies that will promote trade and commerce and revitalize small businesses in our state, which is critical to our overall economic success and is critical due to the high likelihood the coming recession.

In conclusion, let us say that the truth is in the middle – in the “sensory center”. The Governor and the Legislature should understand each other’s concerns and meet somewhere in the middle. Let’s see what prevails – partnership or partisanship, or their hybrid? COIN will watch.

Ash Mirchandani is the chairman of the Nevada Independents Coalition, which was formed to raise political awareness, education, and organization to provide nonpartisan (independent) voters a platform to participate in the political process in Nevada.

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