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Businessman, GOP Activist Nick Phillips Running For Assembly

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Las Vegas businessman and political activist who lost a competitive election to chair the Nevada Republican Party says he'll run for an Assembly seat.

Nick Phillips announced Monday that he'll seek the Assembly District 41 seat, which is held by freshman Republican Assemblywoman Vicki Dooling. Dooling isn't seeking re-election.

The district leans slightly Democratic by registration.

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Phillips previously served as the political director of the Clark County Republican Party and lost a vote in November 182-151 to unseat Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald.

Phillips has owned Internet service businesses and a marketing company. He says he knows the challenges of meeting a payroll and will seek to keep the government in check.

Phillips is married and has two children.