Fallon, NV – Longtime Churchill County Republican Commissioner Carl Erquiaga announced his support for Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s re-election campaign today. A lifelong Nevadan who comes from a family of farmers, Erquiaga first became a Republican County Commissioner in 2008 and highlights the Senator’s fight to protect Nevada’s family farms and ranches in a new op-ed in the Reno Gazette Journal.
“Some of my friends and family have asked me how a Republican can support a Democrat for Senate. And the answer is simple: Sen. Cortez Masto has proven she will deliver for us,” Carl Erquiaga writes in an opinion piece for the Reno Gazette Journal. “From protecting our farms and ranches, to fighting to lower costs for our families, I know I can count on her to advocate for what matters to me. And although I am still proud to be a Republican, I’m going to support Catherine because I know she will always fight for me and my family.”
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As a Republican in rural Nevada, I’m supporting Sen. Cortez Masto
As a lifelong Nevadan, I have seen lots of changes in our state, and right now we need elected officials we can trust. I’ve lived in Fallon my whole life and I’ve served as Churchill County commissioner — I know firsthand that politicians in Nevada don’t always get what’s important to us in rural communities. Our Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has shown repeatedly that she has our back, and that’s why I’m supporting her, even as a registered Republican.
I come from a family of farmers. My grandfathers came to this country with a desire to farm and ranch. I watched my father carve our farm out of the Nevada desert, and working the land has always been a part of who I am, as it is for so many of my friends and neighbors.
But sometimes politicians in Washington, D.C. don’t understand our families here in rural Nevada. Last year in the wake of the pandemic, President Biden and some Democrats in Congress proposed tax changes that would have unfairly burdened the more than 4,000 farms and ranches in Nevada. That’s when Sen. Cortez Masto showed us she has our back. She immediately said that proposal wouldn’t move forward with her support, leading the fight to protect our farmers and ranchers, stopping the unfair tax hike, and introducing legislation to specifically protect our smaller farming operations. She stood up for families like mine, and I won’t forget that.
Catherine grew up in Nevada and she understands the challenges facing our families today — especially with rising costs. She’s been a leader pushing to lower prescription drug costs including insulin, which keep getting higher and higher every year. We all know the feeling of going to the pharmacy and worrying about what our essential medications are going to cost. I firmly believe there should not be an economic barrier to obtaining the insulin that my wife needs to stay alive, and I’m proud to see Sen. Cortez Masto fighting to bring these costs down. She’s leading legislation to cap our out-of-pocket costs for insulin to $35 per month, holding big pharmaceutical companies accountable. Her fight will make a real difference to Nevada families like ours.
Sen. Cortez Masto and I also share a love of the great outdoors. Our public lands are what make this state great; she has earned my trust through her work to protect Nevada’s land and address the ongoing wildfire crisis wreaking havoc on Northern Nevada. As the wildfires continue to spread across our state, Sen. Cortez Masto has consistently worked to reduce the damage, working with our firefighters and delivering billions of dollars to our communities to take care of our first responders, support the men and women on the front lines, and help us prevent these fires in the first place.
Some of my friends and family have asked me how a Republican can support a Democrat for Senate. And the answer is simple: Sen. Cortez Masto has proven she will deliver for us. From protecting our farms and ranches, to fighting to lower costs for our families, I know I can count on her to advocate for what matters to me. And although I am still proud to be a Republican, I’m going to support Catherine because I know she will always fight for me and my family.