The son of a controversial Nevada rancher has announced he’s running for governor in 2018. Ryan Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy, told the The Nevada Independent Thursday that he plans to file to run for governor as an independent on March 14.
Ryan and Cliven rose to national fame after their 2014 standoff with law enforcement following a 21-year legal dispute in which the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) obtained court orders directing the family to pay over $1 million in withheld grazing fees for using federally-owned land adjacent to the ranch.
In January, a judge dismissed the felony conspiracy and weapons charge against Cliven, his sons, and another co-defendant, citing “flagrant misconduct” by prosecutors and the FBI.
Bundy said his main priority as governor wouldn’t be to transfer control of the land, but to “enforce” the right of the state to control land independent of the federal government.