On the Record: Democratic Attorney General Candidate Aaron Ford

As Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford pursues a second term as the state’s top prosecutor, his focus is set on justice, while ending gun violence and supporting law enforcement remain among his top priorities.

“We focus on justice in our office,” he said during a wide-ranging, hour-long interview with The Nevada Independent. “And whether it’s consumer protection, whether it’s criminal justice, whether it’s the protection of constitutional civil rights, we’ve done, in my estimation, a very good job, especially during the time of COVID, and we think we want to continue that work.”

Ford began his first term as attorney general in 2019 after narrowly defeating Republican Wes Duncan, becoming the first African American to hold a statewide constitutional office in Nevada. Before that, Ford served as a state senator, including for two years as Senate majority leader. Ford also worked for years as a private practice attorney.

This year, Ford is seeking re-election to what has been one of the state’s more competitive seats in recent elections. In 2018, Ford defeated Duncan by only 0.4 percentage points, and in 2014, Republican Adam Laxalt defeated Democrat Ross Miller by 0.9 percentage points.

In the general election, Ford faces Republican Sigal Chattah, a Las Vegas attorney who gained prominence through her lawsuits challenging several COVID-19 policies of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s administration. 

Below, we explore Ford’s positions on a slew of policy and campaign issues

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