By Megan Messerly and Jackie Valley/The Nevada Independent

Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore announced her bid for governor Tuesday, vowing to ban vaccine mandates and critical race theory in schools on her first day in office and launch an audit of the 2020 election.

She took no questions after her brief speech, which lasted less than four minutes, at the Italian American Club in Las Vegas. Fiore framed herself as the Republican candidate who will fight to protect a sacred way of life in the Silver State.

Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore announces her candidacy for governor at the Italian American Club in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)

“I moved here because I believed in the West anything was possible if you work hard and have courage. But if we lose it now, we will lose Nevada and what we knew of Nevada and how we grew up here and what we came here for,” she said. “This campaign will be a fight every day starting today. And I’m not going to stop fighting. I’m not going to stop fighting for the people.”

The firebrand conservative took a shot at other Republicans who she said are “congratulating themselves” for working with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden’s administration.

“You’ll never hear me do that,” she said. “And if you want that, vote for one of my primary opponents.”

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