Reedy to challenge Wheeler in GOP Assembly race

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Updated: 11/04/2013 8:55 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The chief of staff to former Gov. Jim Gibbons is launching a challenge against an embattled assemblyman who drew national attention for saying he'd vote to allow slavery if that's what his constituents wanted.

Robin Reedy announced her intent Monday to run for Assembly District 39, a seat held by freshman Republican Jim Wheeler.

Wheeler created a firestorm last week when a video of his remarks to a Republican group surfaced. Saying it was his job to represent the people who elected him, Wheeler used the example of voting for slavery if his constituents wanted.

His remarks were quickly denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike.

Reedy is a Republican who spent 20 years in state government. She says she'll work to help businesses grow and limit the scope of government.

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