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North Las Vegas mayor joins Republican Party

Steve Marcus

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee takes questions from college students throughout a digital management meeting on the Somerset Academy, a constitution college in North Las Vegas, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Lee was the featured speaker.

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee has left the Democratic Party to change into a Republican, citing socialist components throughout the occasion.

“It’s not the party I grew up in 25 years ago in this environment, and it’s not the party I can stand with anymore,” Lee mentioned in an interview on Fox News immediately.

In early March, progressives backed by the Democratic Socialists of America swept the occasion elections within the Nevada Democratic Party. Lee cited these elections as a purpose for his change.

“The working class, the working men and women of this country and also the small business owners are not a part of the conversation anymore. It all has to do with the elitists, and it has to do with the socialists, that is not the agenda that I have in mind for this country in the future,” he mentioned.

Lee served within the Nevada Assembly from 1996 to 2000 and within the state Senate from 2004 to 2012, when he was defeated by Sen. Pat Spearman, a progressive challenger. He gained the North Las Vegas mayoral election in 2013.

He was often called a average Democrat, which he emphasised in his interview on Fox News.

“When you’re a pro-life Democrat, a pro-gun Democrat and you’re a very conservative person, that’s not really well known in the Democratic party anymore,” he mentioned.

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