Statement Regarding Eligibility
John T. Kennedy
John T. Kennedy filed to run for Attorney General. Subsequently, his eligibility to serve as Nevada's AG was challenged by another AG candidate. This is the statement he provided on the matter.
Mr. Kennedy is a Libertarian. He was running to be Nevada's next Attorney General.
My name is John T. Kennedy. On March 10, 2022 I filed to run for Attorney General of Nevada, as the Libertarian Party candidate for that office. On August 24, 2022, Sigal Chattah, the Republican party candidate for the same office, named me as a co-defendant in her suit against Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske. Ms. Chattah's suit seeks certain injunctive relief against the Secretary of State, to include removal of my name from the official ballot, because I am not a member of the Nevada Bar, a qualification that was recently introduced for the first time in Nevada by legislation passed in 2021.
This is the first election in which the Attorney General of Nevada will be required to be a member of the Nevada Bar. My application for the office for Attorney General of Nevada was filed in good faith, with complete reliance on multiple official Nevada state resources, including print and online publications, all of which were outdated during the time period in which I filed my application and they did not reflect the recently imposed requirement that the Attorney General must be a member of the Nevada Bar.
It is now evident that I am not a qualified candidate for Attorney General of Nevada and, in keeping with the high standards of ethics and integrity for myself and the Libertarian Party, I've notified the Secretary of State that I have withdrawn from the race.
Any further inquiry regarding this matter or the ongoing litigation should be directed to Nathan E. Lawrence, Esq. at Gallian Welker & Beckstrom, L.C
John T. Kennedy
September 12, 2022