Nevada’s Democratic Party chair set to announce plans for her political future |

Nevada’s Democratic Party chair set to announce plans for her political future

RENO ” Nevada Democratic Party Chairwoman Jill Derby, who lost a congressional race to Republican Dean Heller in 2006 but is considering another try, plans a “major announcement” today about her political future.

Derby said in a statement that she will “bring family and supporters together” to make the announcement in Reno during a 2 p.m. appearance at Cathexes Inc., an architectural firm.

Derby said at the end of last month the heavy Democratic turnout during Nevada’s presidential caucuses was fueling optimism that a Democrat could win the seat that has been held only by Republicans since the largely rural 2nd Congressional District was created in 1980.

“I’m certainly in some conversations about it,” said Derby, who lost to Heller last time 50 percent to 46 percent.

“People have been talking to me, sort of looking at the energy and just the turnout that happened and the way that changes the district,” she said Jan. 30.

A record 117,600 voters participated in the Nevada Democratic caucuses Jan. 19 ” about one-third of all the active registered Democrats in the state. The massive turnout surprised party officials who had been hoping for a 10 percent turnout.

Heller, the former secretary of state who won a hotly contested three-way GOP primary, is serving his first term in Congress.

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