Former fire inspector picked to replace ousted state Senator

Marcia Washington photo from Clark County Commission FB feed
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A retired Clark County fire inspector will fill the legislative opening left vacant by a former state Senator who resigned last week and has since pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

Clark County commissioners on Friday picked Marcia Washington to fill the seat, going with the Nevada Senate Democratic caucus pick to fill the position. Washington told commissioners that she does not have plans to run for the seat once the term runs out.

The state Senate district covers portions of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas.

The spot was left vacant by former Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson. He has pleaded guilty in federal court to using at least $250,000 in campaign contributions to lease a luxury SUV, open a Las Vegas nightclub and pay for other expenses.

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Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro:

“On behalf of the Nevada Senate Democrats, I want to congratulate Marcia Washington on her appointment to Senate District 4. As a veteran of the Clark County School District and the Clark County Fire Department, Marcia brings a wealth of valuable experience to the Nevada Senate. With just 80 days remaining in the Session, I have no doubt that Marcia is ready to get to work on the issues that matter most to her community. I want to thank the County Commission for appointing her to serve for the remainder of the 2019 Legislative Session.”