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Democrats keep control of Clark County Commission

Published Tue, Nov 2, 2010 (9:16 p.m.)

Updated Tue, Nov 2, 2010 (10:30 p.m.)

At the Polls: Voter Choices

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The Sun exit polled voters at three polling stations throughout the valley to find out who voters were choosing for the hotly contested Senate race between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle, the Governor race between Rory Reid and Brian Sandoval, the 3rd District Congressional race between Dina Titus and Joe Heck and the 1st District Congressional race between Shelley Berkley and Kenneth Wegner.

It’s going to be another all-Democrat Clark County Commission.

With a quarter of the precincts reporting, the race for Clark County Commission District G, which is being vacated by Democrat Rory Reid, shows Democrat Mary Beth Scow with a growing lead. Her 21,369 votes is more than 6,000 beyond her closest challenger, Republican Douglas Bell, a former county employee.

In that same race, Libertarian candidate Tim Hagan has collected just more than 1,000 votes.

Both Bell and Hagan had an uphill fight, since almost half of District G’s voters are registered Democrats.

Scow is a former school board member, where she said her dealings with labor unions gave her ample preparation to work with the unions the county is now asking to make concessions to preserve jobs and balance the budget.

Bell worked 30 years with the county, lastly as a housing official in charge of the county’s Community Resources Management Division. Hagan is an electrical engineer who said he would push to cut bureaucratic red tape that hurts businesses in Clark County.

In the race for the District F seat, incumbent Democrat Susan Brager’s lead kept growing, showing her with 25,536 votes to 16,725 for Republican Mitchell Tracy, her nearest challenger. Independent American Party candidate Jeff “Sarge” Durbin, had collected about 2,600 votes.

Brager, 63, fought attempts by her opponents to capitalize on the ire of voters socked hard by the economy and by a developer’s broken promise of parks near their Mountain’s Edge homes. Like Scow, Brager had previously served on the Clark County School Board.

Meanwhile, Chris Giunchigliani, 55, dominated Republican challenger Ben Boarman, 24, who ran a nearly silent campaign. With 17,946 votes, she owned a nearly 10,000-vote lead. Giunchigliani’s District E engulfs a large piece of older downtown neighborhoods and a smaller section of the Strip. Boarman’s previous political experience was in California, where he served in Sonoma County on the Republican Central Committee.

Many say the Clark County Commission is the most powerful political body in the state, because it governs not only the Las Vegas Strip but also McCarran International Airport and University Medical Center, the state’s largest public hospital.

In the last two years, the county commission has struggled like every other governmental entity in Nevada to cut salaries or employees to balance budgets suffering from dwindling tax dollars. They also have to contend with the day-to-day vagaries of running the county. Where to put light poles and street lights and which tavern deserves to have its license taken away and which does not.

Some commissioners have also squared off with unions, a scene no one thought possible four years ago after the elections turned the entire board over to Democrats, a political party that is typically a union stronghold.

It made sense, then, that County Commission candidates talked about cutting and slashing and watching the budget, and going after union perks and benefits in attempts to appeal to voters who have already lost, or fear losing, their own jobs.


Though many in Clark County expressed anger over recent shootings by Metro officers, as well as the coroner’s inquest system that examines each of those deaths, none of those issues seemed to hurt incumbent Sheriff Doug Gillespie’s bid for a second term.

Gillespie had 200,132 votes to 105,537 for Officer Laurie Bisch with more than a quarter of the precincts reporting.


Clark County District Attorney David Roger, a Republican, was pulling away from challenger Don Chairez, a Democrat, with 174,706 votes to 158,306.

Roger’s vote total so far represents 52.5 percent of the total votes. In 2006, he beat Democrat Patrick Ferguson with 55 percent of the vote.

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Discussion: 10 comments so far…

  1. Gillespie's performance certainly made me vote for his opponent.

    On the other hand, I voted to keep David Roger after finding out how Roger has an "open file" policy. I detest how the current inquest system works, but that policy is almost unique in the country and is worth keeping.

  2. You mean the Liberals won. Most of the Nevada Liberals came from California.

    The Conservatives had a MAJOR victory. Nancy Pelosi got fired from being Speaker of the House. The Republicans took over the House.

    The Senate is almost tied. And by 2012 Dems will lose that too.

    Republicans in the Governors race all over the country took 31 to 18.

    Obama got his teeth pulled tonight.

    So, Clark County Dems are all dressed up to go no where. Their political power is HISTORY!

    So, what's the Sun going to do for advertising revenue when the rest of the Nevada businesses fail and stop advertising?

    Oh, I know. Ask Harry Reid for a bail out.

  3. What a dumb headline. With 7 Dumbocrats on the commission, how could Dumbocrats lose control? Typical LV Pravda BS.

  4. Hey, Jer & Cliffy...
    I think "CHEERS" is open!!!

  5. Hey gmag39, my name is Cliff, not Cliffy.

    You have made over 4,000 comments in 2 years which means you are mostly likely on government welfare to have the time to do that.

    Nearly all 4,000 comments have been personal attacks against people that don't agree with your communist agenda.

    You are too much of a coward, government worker from California, to stand behind a real name that you've got to use the Sun's shield to sling your filth.

    But your party is history. We took back America, now we will crush the remaining renegades.

  6. I also noticed gmag39 that the Sun has favorites like you that it allows on a page that is suppose to disclose real names and they let you remain anonymous while the rest of us reveal our true names.

    It's not hard to figure out why that is.