Brog joins Nevada’s GOP primary in 1st District House race

February 18, 2022 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — David Brog, a conservative activist and staunch defender of Israel who says one of his top priorities is securing the U.S. border with Mexico, has entered the Republican primary in southern Nevada for the congressional seat held by longtime Democratic Rep. Dina Titus.

“I’ve spent my life fighting for the conservative principles of President Donald Trump’s America First agenda,” Brog said in announcing his candidacy in the 1st District race on Wednesday.

“We can start prioritizing America First by securing our southern border and finishing President Trump’s border wall,” he said.

Brog, a graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard Law School, helped found the group Christians United for Israel and is executive director of the Maccabee Task Force, a pro-Israel group that was funded by the late Sheldon Adelson.

He also was a longtime aide and chief of staff for the late Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Arlen Specter and an organizer of the National Conservatism Conference.

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He joins a GOP primary field that includes Mark Robertson, an Army veteran, and Carolina Serrano, a former Trump campaign staffer.

Redistricting has given Republicans new hope in the 1st District, traditionally a Democratic stronghold centered on the Las Vegas Strip. The new lines incorporate more GOP-leaning voters as far away as Boulder City.

Titus, serving her sixth term in Congress, faces a primary challenge from Amy Vilela, a progressive Democrat who ran in the 4th District primary in 2018 but lost to Rep. Steven Horsford.

Brog’s GOP foes have a head start on the campaign trail. Robertson has raised $313,382 and reported $172,444 cash on hand at the end of the year. Serrano has raised $139,619 with $57,402 still available beginning 2022.

Titus began the year with $848,192 cash on hand. Vilela has raised a total of $280,348 but only reported $35,694 left as of Dec. 31.

The primary election is June 14.

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This story has been corrected to accurately spell Amy Vilela’s last name.