According to several media outlets and her own publicity, Mesquite Councilwoman Annie Black is running for Nevada State Republican Party Chairmanship against current chairman Mike McDonald.
A meeting in Winnemucca this weekend will decide the outcome.
Black, who did not return phone calls, is running on a platform of rebuilding the Republican party in the state after the 2018 election in which Democrats were elected to all state level offices, including the governor, except one. Black said “there have been over 80 Republican losses in the last two election cycles statewide for which she blames McDonald.”
Black first ran for state assembly in Las Vegas in 2010 but didn’t win. She moved to Mesquite and won a seat on the Mesquite City Council in 2018. She has been the head of the Mesquite Republican Women’s group for several years. She is a real estate agent in Mesquite.
Black has been actively campaigning for McDonald’s seat having missed both city council meetings in August, most notably Aug. 27 when a crucial vote for Mesquite’s new city manager was held. She was hosting a fundraiser for her GOP chairmanship campaign in Las Vegas that night.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Black said, “She said she is not running to advance her own career, but rather to rebuild a party that should be boosting its donor networks while increasing outreach to communities of color, women and other demographic groups currently courted hard by Democrats.”
Also running against McDonald is the former Clark County Republican Party Chairman David McKeon.
McDonald is the longest-serving chairman in state party history according to the R-J. He said he has the endorsement of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and that he is serving as chairman with the president’s wishes.