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Las Vegas bike retailer Jared Fisher running for governor

Published May 1, 2017

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (BRAIN) — Jared Fisher, who owns Las Vegas Cyclery and the Escape Adventures bike tour company, is running for the GOP nomination for the governor's race in Nevada.

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Fisher, 47, has never run for elected office before. On Monday, he planned to start a 1,400-mile bike ride around the state, leaving at 1:45 a.m. The trip will visit as many communities as possible along the way on what he called a listening tour.

Fisher launched the touring company with his wife, Heather, as a marketing project while he was still a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  The environment has long been a key interest for the couple. Their new headquarters building for the touring business and bike shop is powered by a wind turbine and solar panel, and they are seeking an L.E.E.D. Platinum rating. The Fishers also own Moab Cyclery in Utah.

"I chose to run for office of governor because this state has great people and great places and I want your voice to be heard," Fisher said on his campaign website. "I have been preparing for this office for 25 years. Uniquely different than the other five executive state positions, governor is a leadership role. It requires more than just abilities, but responsibilities. I believe in strength through not only diversity, but accountability and transparency, both personally and socially, and especially from within the government. Nevadans are tough and strong. We come from all different types of tough backgrounds and we know how to survive in this rugged land that we call home."

Fisher said he will outline his campaign platform in detail following his 14-day listening tour. On his website, he listed priorities including "healthy economic diversification," "healthy tourism," "a healthy environment," increased funding for schools, a decrease in unemployment and working with Washington to establish Nevada as "a role model state."

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is considered an early front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination for governor, although he hasn't officially announced. Democrats Stephen Cloobeck and Steve Sisolak are weighing bids for their party's nomination.

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