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Nevada rancher’s son wants to be states’ rights governor

Ryan Bundy, right, gestures in front of a sign at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in near Burns, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. Bundy, part of an armed group occupying the refuge to protest federal land policies, says the sign will be displayed on a road leading to the area. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

The eldest son of the Nevada rancher at the center of an armed standoff with federal agents in 2014 says he’ll mount an independent campaign for governor as a states’ rights fundamentalist.

Ryan Bundy said Thursday he doesn’t think other candidates running to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval would properly protect the state liberty.

The 45-year-old Mesquite resident says he intends to file candidacy papers next Wednesday in Las Vegas and embark on a statewide speaking tour.

Federal charges were dropped in January against Bundy, his father Cliven Bundy, and a brother in the gunpoint standoff that stopped a federal roundup of Bundy cattle. A judge cited prosecutorial misconduct.

Ryan Bundy says he’s a strict constitutionalist who believes the federal government can only own land in states for limited and specified purposes.

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