By KayLynn Roberts-McMurray

The Ely Times

With 2018 being an election year for many state and federal as well as local positions this years, Lincoln Day Breakfast could prove to be a sold out event.

Chairman of the GOP Mike Kneese believes this event has been held for at least the past 18 years in Ely,

The breakfast is held annually to give citizens one-on-one access to the candidates and elected officials. All 17 counties in Nevada usually host separate Lincoln Day events, and it serves as the only major fundraiser for the GOP Central Committee in Ely. Money raised at the breakfast goes to help the candidates during election season

Kneese said he was pushing for more participants this year and has been making phone calls to officials and candidates, trying to encourage as many of them as possible to attend the breakfast.

“A lot of people here don’t get to talk to politicians and we don’t get Nevada news, so this was very important event to me,” Kneese said.

This years lineup for the breakfast includes candidates Dean Heller, Danny Tarkanian, Sara Gazala who are all running for the Senate position that Heller currently holds.

Adam Laxalt and Dan Schwartz who are running for Governor, Wesley Duncan, a candidate for the Nevada State Attorney Generals position and several others who the GOP was waiting on confirmation from regarding attendance.

Gov. Brian Sandoval was invited, but has not confirmed if he will be at the event. The usual attendants, Pete Goicachea, Bob Beers, Ron Knecht, and Mark Adomei will also be attending with several local officials such as Sheriff Scott Henriod, Commissioner, Shane Bybee, and District Attorney, Mike Wheable will also be attending the breakfast.

The event is this Saturday, Jan. 13,  at the Bristlecone Convention Center 150 W. 6th St. beginning at 8 a.m. Tickets are $30 a person and can be purchased at the door.