ELKO — Senate Republican Leader and candidate for lieutenant governor Michael Roberson announced he is visiting Elko this Friday to celebrate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President of the United States, by attending the annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

The annual dinner is put on by the Elko County Republican Party and taking place at 5:30 p.m. at the Elko Boys and Girls Club on 782 Country Club Drive.

While at the dinner, Roberson will be gathering signatures from Elko County voters for his Prevent Sanctuary Cities ballot initiative.

“The initiative, if qualified for the ballot and passed by the voters across the state, will prevent Nevada from becoming a Sanctuary State for criminal illegal immigrants,” stated the announcement.

Roberson was successful in defeating attempts by Senate Democrats to pass their Sanctuary State bill during last year’s legislative session.

Tthe Reno Gazette-Journal reported this week that “[the last legislative session] saw Roberson, now a candidate for Nevada Lieutenant Governor, vehemently oppose a bill that would have prevented state police agencies from carrying out immigration-related arrests and deportations. The Democrat-sponsored bill — which Roberson called ‘outrageous’ and ‘recklessly irresponsible’ — eventually foundered under a flood of opposition from Nevada law enforcement agencies.”

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As leader of the Senate Republicans, Roberson introduced and passed a repeal of Nevada’s “blue card” gun registration laws, passed the first ever political gift ban in Nevada, helped pass meaningful taxpayer cost-saving reforms, and stopped Democrat-led efforts to raise property taxes, according to his campaign.

Roberson has served in the Nevada Senate since 2010 and was re-elected in 2014 with more than 60 percent of the vote in his district. He has been endorsed by Adam Laxalt in his bid for lieutenant governor.

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