Henderson IMPAC releases endorsements for state primary elections

The Henderson’s Issues Mobilization Political Action Committee (IMPAC), in support of its pro-business agenda, followed its process of recommending a slate of candidates seeking election in the 2018 Nevada Primary Election to which it endorsed the following state and county candidates:

Joe Hardy (R), Nevada Senate District 12

Ben Kieckhefer (R), Nevada Senate District 16

James Settelmeyer (R), Nevada State District 17

Keith Pickard (R), Nevada Senate District 20

James Ohrenschall (D), Nevada Senate District 21

Daniele Monroe-Moreno (D), Nevada Assembly District 1

John Hambrick (R), Nevada Assembly District 2

Jason Frierson (D), Nevada Assembly District 8

Steve Yeager (D) Nevada Assembly District 9

Tyrone Thompson (D), Nevada Assembly District 17

Chris Edwards (R), Nevada Assembly District 19

Jill Tolles (R), Nevada Assembly District 25

Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D), Nevada Assembly District 27

Jill Dickman (R), Nevada Assembly District 31

John Ellison (R), Nevada Assembly District 33

James Oscarson (R), Nevada Assembly District 36

Jim Wheeler (R), Nevada Assembly District 39

James Gibson (D), Clark County Commission District G

“We are confident that we are putting forth a slate of candidates who have the ability to strengthen our business community here in Henderson,” said Matt Engle, who serves as IMPAC’s chairman and is a member with the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, which has more than 1,300 members. “There is considerable strength in numbers and as the voice for businesses in the second-largest city in the state, it’s imperative we are politically engaged to ensure we are not only supporting existing businesses, but also supporting legislators who will create an environment that makes us competitive with other markets.”

In determining candidates for endorsement, IMPAC requested responses to a questionnaire from each considered candidate and conducted interviews. Board members of IMPAC, which is comprised of 25 professionals from varying business sectors, also reviewed and evaluated each candidate’s history, professional experience and commitment to civic service along with voting records of candidates serving as office incumbents. All information was compiled by the committee to determine which candidates would bring the expertise in understanding business issues, provide long-term strategic visioning and implementation policies, as well as, support the growth and attraction of successful businesses in Henderson and throughout Southern Nevada.

IMPAC will host a Meet the Candidates reception and fundraiser May 15 for newly endorsed candidates. Additionally, IMPAC will evaluate and make endorsements for added candidates prior to the 2018 General Election.

The Issues Mobilization Political Action Committee (IMPAC) is a bipartisan group that makes direct contributions to candidates who promote and vote for an agenda of a favorable business climate. IMPAC operates separately from the Henderson Chamber of Commerce by independent volunteer members of HCC and follows the mission of the HCC and its member businesses.

To learn more about IMPAC, visit or call 702-565-8951.

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