Local businessman Clint Brown and teacher Reuben D’Silva are running for District 28 Assembly

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Two newcomers to state political office — Republican Clint Brown and Democrat Reuben D’Silva — will face off in the general election in Assembly District 28 on the east side of Las Vegas.

Brown, owner of an auto repair business and radio station Auto Care Plus, and D’Silva, a history teacher at Rancho High School, will compete for the seat vacated by Democratic Congressman Edgar Flores, who relinquished the seat to run for the State Senate. .

D’Silva won the Democratic primary, securing 64% of the vote in a four-way race.

Clint Brown

“I don’t really think of myself as a politician type,” Brown said of entering the race.

Brown said he considered running for office in previous election cycles and made his decision to enter the District 28 race when he found out the Democratic nominee was going to be unopposed and wanted to donate. choice to voters.

He has lived and worked in the neighborhood for over 30 years.

Brown said he would be firm in upholding his personal values ​​and philosophies, but open to discussing them with lawmakers across the political aisle.

“I’m not one to compromise my own values ​​and my own ideals because, first and foremost, I’m a man of faith, so I actually see that kind of value system as a priority,” Brown said. “Wherever I can between these things, I’d like to be able to work with the other side of the aisle as much as possible.”

When asked which political figure he most admires, Brown didn’t hesitate.

“Because of my faith, the Lord Jesus Christ has been the best political figure to admire,” he said. “In his time, he was a rebel and seen as thinking outside the box.”

Brown said he had no intention of becoming a career politician.

He plans a grassroots campaign by meeting voters in his neighborhood. He said he was not looking for political support.

“They (those supporting the candidates) don’t rely on beliefs and values,” he said. “They rely on who they think will win.”

Ruben D’Silva

As a teacher, it’s no surprise that D’Silva makes education a top priority in his bid for Assembly seat.

“Education has made the difference in my life,” he said. “It’s the great equalizer in America.”

Born in Mumbai, India, the child of immigrant parents, D’Silva attended Rancho High and studied at the College of Southern Nevada and UNLV and earned advanced degrees at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Yale.

“When it comes to education, it’s intrinsically and symbiotically tied to the growth of this economy,” D’Silva said. “If you want a strong education system for the long term, like 10, 20, or 30 years, it has to be tied to some sort of game plan, not just us as lawmakers and not just the governor, but the state. as a whole.”

He served as a United States Marine, spending a year in a hospital after being wounded in action in Fallujah, Iraq, for which he was awarded Purple Heart and Naval Achievement medals.

Although a Democrat, D’Silva said he most admires Republican President Abraham Lincoln because of his work in reuniting the nation after the Civil War. He believes the level of engagement is necessary to bridge some of the political divisions that currently exist in the United States.

While running for District 28 is her first for state office, D’Silva ran an unsuccessful Democratic primary campaign against Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., in 2018.

D’Silva was endorsed by State Senator Mo Denis, North Las Vegas City Councilman Isaac Baron and former Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly.

The district currently has a skewed registration advantage for Democrats: 13,000 active registered voters to just 4,000 active registered Republicans, according to numbers compiled by the secretary of state’s office.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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