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ELKO — Voters re-elected John Ellison to State Assembly District 33 in the Republican primary election June 12.

“I thank them so much. We work long hours every week for our constituents, and I can’t thank them enough for giving me another shot at the Legislature to represent them,” Ellison said. “That’s what this is about: the people.”

Incumbent Ellison faced challenger Elko Mayor Chris Johnson for the seat Ellison has held since winning the 2010 election. Johnson has served as mayor for two terms but reaches his term limit this year.

“Congratulations to John, our current and future assemblyman,” Johnson said. “I respect the voter, and we put out there what we thought was right.”

The Nevada Secretary of State’s unofficial results with all precincts reporting show that 2,741 Elko County voters — or 80 percent — chose Ellison, while 673 voters — or 20 percent — chose Johnson. 

Ellison has served as assemblyman for four regular and four special sessions of the Legislature. During his tenure of four two-year terms, he held the leadership role of speaker pro tempore in 2015 and worked on the government affairs; natural resources, agriculture and mining; and transportation committees in the 2017 session.

He previously served on Elko City Council, the Elko County Board of Commissioners and U.S. Marine Corps. Ellison was born in Elko and is an electrical contractor who owns and operates Ellison Electric.

No Democrats ran for State Assembly District 33, which covers Elko County and represents a predominately Republican constituency in northeastern Nevada, including Elko, Eureka Lincoln and White Pine counties. Therefore, Ellison will be uncontested on the November general election ballot — the presumptive winner.

Johnson said he plans to stay involved with the Elko community in volunteer roles after his final term as mayor concludes.

“We have had a great run as mayor,” he said. “Elko is a much better place.”

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The candidates spoke to one another after the preliminary votes were posted.

“He thanked me for running a clean race,” Ellison said of their conversation. “And I thanked him also.”

In conclusion, the incumbent said: “I’m just happy to be moving forward.”

Editor's note: This article was updated June 13 with unofficial results from the Secretary of State with all Elko County precincts reporting. 

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