Oscarson, a two-term assemblyman, eked out a win over Tina Trenner in Tuesday’s primary election, besting her by just 133 votes overall, despite outspending her by $120,709 during their campaigns.
Trenner took the vote in Nye County as she received 1,586 votes (49.98 percent) to Oscarson’s 1,348 votes (42.48 percent) and Hof sees that as a sign that the voters are ready for a change.
“I think that the public has shown they want him out because he voted to raise taxes,” said Hof, who is running as a Libertarian. “He lied to us, he told Ed Goedhart, he told me, he told everybody, ‘I won’t raise taxes.’ Then he voted for the largest tax increase in Nevada history, the commerce tax.”
The package Hof mentioned is Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $1.4 billion package of new and extended taxes, including a business gross receipts “commerce tax” imposed on revenue of $4 million or more. Oscarson was one of 13 Republican members to vote for the bill.