LAS VEGAS — Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Judith Whitmer released this statement endorsing Henderson Mayor Debra March to replace Lt. Governor Kate Marshall, who has accepted a position in President Biden’s administration.
“It is my honor to endorse Debra March for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. Debra’s proven leadership, statewide reach, and extensive experience will allow for a seamless transition within our executive branch,” said Chair Whitmer. “She is the well-respected mayor of Nevada’s second-largest city, Henderson, and also serves as Chair of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada & the Regional Flood Control District, and as a board member of Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.
“Under Debra’s leadership, Henderson has become the economic pacesetter for the rest of the state, attracting tech giants like Google and Amazon, the corporate and training home base for the Raiders as well as other sports franchises, leading machine manufacturer Haas Automation, and countless small businesses, from restaurants to daycares and beyond. Debra has her finger on the pulse of Nevada, both in terms of the intricacies of policy and the urgency of kitchen-table issues. It would be all of our privilege to have her holding the office of Lt. Governor.”
Henderson Mayor Debra March has dedicated her career to the people in the State of Nevada. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she served as a state park ranger in locations throughout Nevada, including Lake Tahoe, where she promoted the value of parks and open spaces for a healthy quality of life. Following her tenure as a park ranger, Debra then spent eight years as a social worker in rural Nevada. There she oversaw the Nevada State Welfare office in Ely and served five rural counties. Debra was then named the deputy administrator of the Nevada Real Estate Division where she was in charge of creating and implementing policies for responsible home ownership. Debra was later named Director of UNLV’s Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies where she led efforts for the development of livable communities.
During her time as director at the Lied Institute, Debra also served as a City of Henderson Planning Commissioner, advocating for smart growth, sustainable economic development and community planning. This expertise and passion prompted Debra’s appointment to represent Henderson’s Ward II residents as city councilwoman in July 2009. She was subsequently elected to full terms in 2011 and 2015. She won a landslide election for Henderson Mayor in 2017. Since then, Debra has worked across the aisle with her colleagues to create responsible growth and success in Henderson. Debra’s policies have earned Henderson the reputation of being one of the nation’s safest cities and a premiere location for business.