Steve Martin (R.)(not the actor/comedian) v. Kim Wallin (D.).
Uh, does anyone know anything about this race?
Oh yeah: Steve is the incumbent State Controller after being appointed to the post by Governor Guinn earlier this year. The job became vacant after the previous office holder, Kathy Augustine, was allegedly murdered by her husband (a nurse) via an injection of drugs that seized up and stopped her vital organs.
What has that got to do with the current candidates? Practically nothing, but you can’t escape the story in these here parts. Plus there’s the added political flavor of Steve being appointed to the position by the (Republican) governor while Steve is running for the office. Kim cried foul, of course, but Steve’s nameplate is on the door for now.
Both candidates have the same main qualification (they want the job) so whom am I endorsing? If I have to pick one, it’ll be Kim because she’s the Democrat. Sometimes politics is more of an art than a science.
Getting back to The Big Picture, there are many inside and outside Nevada government that say the job is redundant and could be easily absorbed by the State Treasurer’s office. A bill gets floated in and out of the biennial Legislature every session to do just that, but nothing ever comes of it, probably because it would involve a change to the State Constitution.
When the time comes, if it ever does, I’ll be voting to do away with the Office of Nevada State Controller.