Clark County taking applications for Atkinson’s seat

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Clark County is accepting applications to fill the empty seat in state Senate District 4 following Kelvin Atkinson’s resignation Tuesday.

Applicants have until noon Monday to apply, and the Clark County Commission will hold a public meeting March 15 to select a final candidate.

The vacancy opened after Atkinson, who served in the legislator since 2002, tearfully resigned from the Senate floor amid federal charges of misappropriation hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use.

The Clark County Commission is charged with filling vacancies in the state Legislature and has to appoint another Democrat who resides in the district. The appointee will serve until the election in November 2020.

Atkinson also served as the Senate Majority Leader. Following his resignation, State Sen. Nicole Cannizzaro, who was the assistant majority leader, was elected as the new Majority Leader, making her the first woman to hold the position in Nevada. 

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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