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.