Andrew Martin (politician)
|Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 9th district
February 4, 2013 – 2015
|Preceded by||Richard Segerblom|
|Succeeded by||David M. Gardner|
|Born||February 19, 1964 (age 51)
Newark, New Jersey
|Domestic partner||Dana Barooshian|
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Occupation||Certified Public Accountant & Certified Fraud Examiner|
Andrew Martin (born February 19, 1964) is an American politician, who has served as the Clark County Democratic Party Chair, Member of the Nevada State Economic Forum and Member of the Clark County School District Bond Oversight Committee. Martin was elected to the Nevada Assembly in the 2012 election. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to represent the 9th Assembly District, although his eligibility to serve in the legislature was disputed during the election.
Martin and his partner own two properties in Las Vegas, a condominium in the 9th District and a house outside of it; during the campaign, Martin's Republican challenger Kelly Hurst hired a private investigator to follow Martin to determine which of the two properties Martin was using as his primary residence. Martin's position was that the condominium was his primary residence, while the out-of-district home was being used, pending its sale, as an office for his accounting firm. On the basis of the private investigator's testimony that Martin was seen charging his hybrid vehicle at the out-of-district home, on November 5, 2012, just one day before the election, a judge ruled Martin ineligible to stand for election on the grounds of failing to meet the legislature's residency requirements.
As the ruling came too late for Clark County election officials to change the ballots, Martin's name remained on the ballot, and the Republican campaign instead stationed volunteers at each polling station to verbally inform voters that Martin was ineligible for election. Despite the controversy, however, Martin won the election. On February 4, 2013, the legislature seated Martin, and no formal challenge was filed against him.
During Martin's time first session in the legislature he sponsored or co sponsored several bills, including SJR-13, Authorizing Same Sex Marriage, and AB-395, Making it illegal for Common Interest Community Managers, employees, or board members to intimidate, harass or bully residents or guests.
Martin ran for the Nevada State Controller in the 2014 election and was defeated by Republican Ron Knecht. Before running, Martin posted an open letter to his constituents on his website, Martin for Nevada, to ask for their thoughts on his candidacy. Martin was uncontested in the primary election on June 10, 2014. Martin was defeated in the general election on November 4, 2014.
- "Martin's win in Assembly District 9 race clouded by residence controversy". Las Vegas Review-Journal, November 6, 2012.
- "Democrat Candidate Andrew Martin Should Suspend Campaign". Nevada News and Views, October 10, 2012.
- "Judge rules Nevada Assembly candidate ineligible". KTNV-TV, November 6, 2012.
- "Assembly candidate faces residency hearing Monday". Las Vegas Review-Journal, November 2, 2012.
- "Assembly names Brooks panel; assemblyman takes three weeks off". Las Vegas Review-Journal, February 7, 2013.
- "SJR13 Authorizes Same Sex Marriage".
- "AB-395" (PDF).
- Ralston, Jon (August 7, 2013). "Assemblyman Andrew Martin on FB: "Exploring the idea of running for Nevada State Controller." No residency issue there! And he's qualified." (Twitter). @RalstonReports.
- "Open letter regarding candidacy". Andrew Martin. October 28, 2013.
- "Gay candidates win primaries in California, Nevada, Maine". Gay Politics, June 16, 2012.
- Vogel, Ed (November 12, 2013). "Assemblyman Martin marries longtime domestic partner". Las Vegas Review Journal.