Rancher Ryan Bundy, one of the leaders of two armed standoffs with U.S. federal agents, has announced an independent campaign to run for governor of Nevada.
"I intend to secure the sovereignty of the state of Nevada and its land and resources for the people of Nevada," Bundy said. Bundy did not elaborate further but has called for the U.S. government to relinquish control of vast federal land holdings in the past.
The announcement came from Bundy himself on Thursday when he explained he doesn't believe the other candidates running to replace Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval would make protecting states' rights a priority.
The 45-year-old rancher is the son of Cliven Bundy and the brother of Ammon Bundy. The brothers made headlines in 2016 when they occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in protest of the Burea of Land Management (BLM). Just two years before that, a similar standoff occurred at Cliven's ranch in 2014.
The family recently won criminal cases over the armed confrontations which took place in two different states, Oregon and Nevada. The dispute stemmed from a roundup of Bundy cattle by the BLM after the federal agency said the family owed millions in grazing fees.
Ryan Bundy's bid for Nevada governor looks to replace the current governor since the terms are time-limited.
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