Rose Lanigan U.S. Senate candidate Joe Heck (left), with Rep. Cresent Hardy, speaking to a gathering at Pioneer Pizza in Caliente.

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U.S. Senate candidate Joe Heck (left), with Rep. Cresent Hardy, speaking to a gathering at Pioneer Pizza in Caliente.

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Heck held meet-and-greets in Lincoln County on Saturday.

The current U.S. House member, representing Nevada’s 3rd congressional district, first stopped at Pioneer Pizza in Caliente and gave out free pizza and soft drinks. He later went to Pioche at Thompson’s Opera House, where refreshments were served.

Heck was joined by Rep. Cresent Hardy, a republican congressman representing the state’s 4th congressional district, which includes Lincoln County. Heck is seeking to fill the senate seat being vacated by Sen. Harry Reid when his term expires at the end of the year.

About 40 people attended the meeting in Caliente, where Heck shared his thoughts and answered questions from the crowd for about 40 minutes. The candidate emphasized his desire to work across party lines to solve problems. He said that approach has allowed for his bills in the house to be passed. He said when an issue arises in his district, he looks for Democrat colleagues who may be dealing with a similar problem in their districts. “There are things we do agree on,” he said. “And if we could spend time working on those things, that will help us get to the more difficult things.”

A similar format took place in Pioche. Heck also made stops at Overland Hotel and Ghost Town Art & Coffee.
Heck is running against Democrat and former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. Polls indicate the race is tight so far.