Three candidates running in the Republican primary for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District

Annie Black, Chance Bonaventura, and Sam Peters are running in the Republican primary for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District on June 14, 2022. Black and Peters have led in fundraising, media coverage, and endorsements, including an endorsement for both candidates from the Nevada Republican Party.

Black works as a real estate agent and business owner. She served on the Mesquite City Council from 2018 to 2020. She was elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 2020 to represent Assembly District 19. Black’s campaign website said, “Biden-Horsford economic policies are destroying our state and bankrupting Nevadans. I’m running for Congress to get our economy going again.” Black was endorsed by two members of the U.S. House, Rep. Carol Miller (R-W.V.) and House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), and was selected as an On the Radar candidate by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Peters is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and owns a risk management firm. In 2020, Peters ran in the Republican primary for U.S. House in Nevada’s 4th and lost 35% to 28% to Jim Marchant (R). A Peters campaign ad said Peters “is running for Congress to finish President Trump’s wall, stop illegal immigration, defend our rights, and take on the socialists.” Peters was endorsed by two members of the U.S. House Freedom Caucus, Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), and former Nevada Governor Robert List (R).

In questionnaires published by The Record-Courier, the candidates discussed their qualifications for the position. Black said, “I’ve won four out of the five campaigns I’ve been in – including knocking off a three-term incumbent in 2020. I’m battle-tested with a proven and successful campaign track record while neither [of] my opponents has yet to win a race.” She went on to say, “I voted – despite intense pressure and opposition from the Democrats, the media, lobbyists and even some of my fellow Republicans – exactly as I said I would when asking voters for their trust to represent them in Carson City.”

Peters said, “I’m a better candidate than my opponents because none of the candidates in this race, including the incumbent, can say any of what I just listed. I have foreign experience, federal law and process improvement experience, I have business experience, I’ve signed the front and back of paychecks, and I have school age children that drive me to fight for this country. Ultimately, my experience is broader, my education is greater and my service in high stress/risk environments and success in those environments is proven and unmatched.”

As of May 2022, Inside Elections and Sabato’s Crystal Ball rated the general election as Lean Democratic, and The Cook Political Report rated the race as a Toss-up. According to FiveThirtyEight, Nevada’s 4th had a D+5 lean after the 2020 redistricting cycle, while the old district had an R+1 lean.

The winner of the Republican primary will face incumbent Rep. Steven Horsford (D) in the general election. The Democratic primary was canceled since Horsford was the only candidate to file in the race.