Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004 | 2:38 a.m.
Two Republicans will face each other in the Assembly District 17 primary with the winner running against incumbent Democrat Kelvin Atkinson.
Early August Clark County Election Department numbers showed that the district had 8,792 registered Democrats, versus 6,132 Republicans -- and 2,917 with no party affiliation.
One Republican candidates -- Angelo Carvalho -- did not respond to a Sun survey seeking information.
Dave Gibbs, the other Republican contender, was in the Air Force for 25 years, retiring in 2003. He is a member of the Air Force Association, the USAF Academy Association of Graduates and the Mojave High School Parent Advisory Committee.
Gibbs is running on a platform that includes a desire to improve education by creating "standards at all levels of education so that those (students) who are having problems can be highlighted earlier."
He also wants to reverse the state's doctor and nursing shortages.
The Republican candidate said his experience in the Air Force included "developing long range fiscal and resource allocation plans." This, he said, gave him "insight into how government manages its budgets."