Mesquite, Boulder City Elect New Mayors; Voters Decide City Races

Mesquite and Boulder City will have new mayors, the Boulder City and Las Vegas city councils gained new members, and an incumbent won in the only contested council contest in North Las Vegas.

In Mesquite, where a bitter mayoral race drew 57 percent of registered voters to the polls, Councilwoman Susan Holecheck topped incumbent Mayor Bill Nicholes by 52 percent to 48 percent. The race had 3,644 ballots cast and tallied, the Clark County Registrar of Voters reported in unofficial results.

Clark County election officials reported overall turnout was light for municipal elections in the four southern Nevada cities. Fewer than 12 percent of registered voters went to the polls.

Nicholes weathered an FBI probe and attack ads to place first among three candidates in an April primary and earn a runoff against Holecheck. He conceded the race late Tuesday and vowed to support Holecheck and the city.

In the race for Mesquite City Council, retired school administrator Randy Ence drew 58 percent of the vote to defeat real estate agent W.G. "Geno" Withelder. City Councilman Dave Bennett won uncontested.

Holecheck's victory leaves an opening for an appointee to serve the remaining two years of her Mesquite City Council term.

In the only contested Las Vegas council ward, where a scant 5,000 votes were cast, voters picked Ricki Barlow, 35, over lawyer Staci Truesdell, 26, by just 412 votes. The margin of victory was 54 to 46 percent.

The Ward Five seat became vacant following the appointment of Councilman Lawrence Weekly to the Clark County Commission. Ten candidates battled for an April primary that saw Barlow and Truesdell emerge as the top two vote-getters.

Lawyer Martin Hastings won a Las Vegas Municipal Court seat over
Lynn Avants, a deputy Clark County public defender.

In North Las Vegas, longtime incumbent and Mayor Pro Tem William
Robinson, 66, declared he intends to run for mayor in 2009, after
winning a landslide re-election over John T. Stephens, a 41-year-old library assistant.

Robinson, who has served on the City Council since 1983, cannot seek an eighth council term in 2011 due to term limits. He won Tuesday's city Ward Two race with 77 of the vote.

In Boulder City, City Councilman Roger Tobler won the mayoral post held by his father in the late 1970s, and incumbent City Councilwoman Karla Burton lost to Travis Chandler, a patent lawyer and outspoken city critic.

Tobler, a hardware store owner and the son of Heber Tobler, defeated Councilman Mike Pacini to replace longtime Mayor Bob Ferraro, who is retiring after 31 years on the council. Pacini still has two years remaining on his council term.

Boulder City voters narrowly defeated a proposal to sell municipal land to help fund the city's share of a new water intake at Lake Mead. However, voters gave the city approval to spend up to $25 million on the intake pipe.

Voters narrowly rejected a request to spend $2.5 million expanding and remodeling the building that houses the Boulder City Police Department, but approved spending up to $850,000 for a new fire truck.

Almost half of Boulder City's registered voters took part in the election.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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