LAS VEGAS (AP) - Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki is among six statewide officers seeking re-election, but aside from Gov. Jim Gibbons he's the only one facing a challenge in the June 8 primary.
Henderson art gallery owner Barbara Lee Woollen wants Krolicki's job after losing a bitter 2006 Republican primary contest against him.
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, Controller Kim Wallin, Secretary of State Ross Miller and Treasurer Kate Marshall are each unopposed on the Democratic primary ballot, though each will be challenged in November.
Woollen, 61, said she just couldn't let Krolicki run unopposed. Woollen freely spent her own money four years ago, but lost to Krolicki by 15 percentage points. She later became president of the Las Vegas Philharmonic board, but stepped down in 2008 amid leadership conflicts and financial problems.
Woollen said she felt "unduly smeared" by Krolicki's allegations in 2006 that her former business, a Los Angeles-area theatrical lighting supply company, had been involved in producing pornography.
"My opponent is a dirty fighter," Woollen said.
Krolicki says another term as the state's No. 2 executive would let him complete unfinished business.
"What more important portfolio is there than addressing the state's economy, today and in the future?" he asked.
Krolicki, 49, had wanted to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, but those dreams were dashed when Krolicki and an aide were indicted by a Clark County grand jury in December 2008. Charges that the two mishandled a college savings program when Krolicki was state treasurer were dismissed last year by a judge as too vague.
Masto, whose office was handling the prosecution, later revealed that her husband, Paul Masto, planned to host a fundraiser for Robert Randazzo, a Sparks pilot and businessman now challenging Krolicki.
Four Democratic candidates also want Krolicki's job: Randazzo, Reno City Councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza, Las Vegas real estate businessman Paul Murad, and Robert "Bob" Goodman, a 76-year-old former Wyoming state economic development director who lives in Pahrump.
Goodman, no relation to Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, said he planned to raise and spend no money in a campaign that Randazzo and Murad expect will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Sferrazza, 36, the daughter of longtime former Reno mayor Pete Sferrazza, was the youngest Reno council member ever when she was elected in 2000. She said she'd respond to Nevada's record unemployment and high foreclosure rates by revitalizing neighborhoods and attracting renewable energy programs.
"I have a proven track record of making things happen," she said.
Murad, 34, who speaks English, Spanish and Russian, emphasizes his travels and experiences growing up in former Soviet bloc countries, working in South America, and studying in Hong Kong before moving to Nevada in 2001.
He said he considers the lieutenant governor the "chief development officer for the state and ambassador for tourism and economic development."
"It's a matter of building relationships," he said.