Kihuen’s comeback cut short by five votes

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Ruben Kihuen, the former congressman who returned to Southern Nevada under the cloud of a sexual misconduct scandal, lost his bid to return to politics by just five votes in the race for Las Vegas City Council Ward 3. Former city parks and recreation staffer Melissa Clary edged out Kihuen to earn a spot in a general election runoff against former Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz, who gave up her seat to run for the council.

Diaz received 1,016 votes to Clary’s 866 votes in the seven-person race.

“I think the #metoo movement has work to do,” said former state Senator Patricia Farley, who supported the “No Means No, Ruben” campaign targeting Kihuen’s misconduct, and voiced surprise at the number of votes he received.  “There seems to be a generation that feels women are still second class citizens and should be honored to have a man’s attention, that crude comments to women in the workplace don’t devalue their contribution, (that) it’s compliments and flirting.”

“What father wants the daughter he raised and educated to be asked what color her panties are as part of her daily professional discussions?” Farley wondered. 

Las Vegas Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian’s former liaison, Robin Munier, won 924 votes and will face Brian Knudsen, also a former city employee, in the Ward 1 runoff. Knudsen received 1,245 votes (27 percent) in a race with 10 candidates.

Ward 5 Councilman Cedric Crear avoided a runoff, winning just under 60 percent of the vote in a three-way race.

Fewer than 9 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the City of Las Vegas primary.

Turnout was under 8 percent in North Las Vegas, where Pamela Goynes-Brown won 85 percent of the vote to defeat Christopher Burns.

“I want to continue the recovery in Ward 2 and the City of North Las Vegas and keep my ‘Leadership Promised, Results Delivered’ motto.  I also want to thank voters,” Goynes-Brown said in a statement.

Richard Cherchio, the incumbent in NLV Ward 4, won 45 percent of the vote and will face Pete Shields in the general election. Shields won 21 percent of the vote.

The lowest turnout of the election was in Henderson, where 6.28 percent of voters cast ballots. The city’s anointed candidates, 2017 appointees Dan Stewart and Dan Shaw, along with former redevelopment manager Michelle Romero, coasted to easy victories and avoided runoffs.

Henderson Municipal Judge Mark Stevens easily won re-election with 71 percent of the vote.

Rod Woodbury and Kiernan McManus will face off in the general election for mayor of Boulder City. Woodbury won the primary with a slight lead of 56 votes of 3,505 cast.

Peggy Leavitt and Claudia Bridges won the two open seats on the Boulder City Council.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

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