Las Vegas City Council candidate David Marlon says he lives in a rented home behind Palace Station, within the confines of Ward One, which he hopes to represent.
But on Sunday, Marlon answered when called by the Current at the code posted next to his name at the security gate at a community near Bermuda and Wigwam in unincorporated Clark County and far from Ward One and the city limits.
When informed this reporter was at the gate, Marlon denied living in the secured community.
“I don’t have a gate. I live at 3001 Merritt,” he said, referring to the rented property in Ward One.
Marlon did not answer the door at the 383 Wooden Gate address, but a dog resembling the French Bulldog featured in his social media photos greeted the Current at the door.
“Dave Marlon has lived in Vegas for 30+ years, 5 years in the Ward, 90 days in his current home, with his 2 dogs,” campaign spokesman Mark Fierro told the Current via text message earlier this week. “His R.J. (Las Vegas Review-Journal) comes there. His drivers license says so, his voter registration says so.”
But consultant Lisa Mayo De Riso of First Tuesday, who represents Sherman Ray, one of Marlon’s opponents in the Ward One race, is asking the Secretary of State’s office to disqualify Marlon from the race because she says he doesn’t reside in the rented home in a legal sense.
Marlon’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment regarding the complaint.
“Large campaign posters are on the walls and windows. There are no draperies in several of the front windows,” says the complaint. “People appear to walk directly into the home/office without knocking.”
A Supreme Court ruling cited in the complaint filed by Mayo De Riso says legal domicile “requires the fact that the candidate lives in the place and intends to remain there permanently.”
In October 2017, Marlon purchased the home on Wooden Gate for $650,000, according to Clark County Assessor’s records.
In March of 2018, a trust associated with Marlon sold his Ward One home at 1509 Canyon Ledge Court for $730,000, according to Clark County Assessor’s records.
On February 19, Marlon quit claimed the Wooden Gate property, first to In God We Trust, of which Marlon is a trustee according to public records, and then to CMA Industries, LLC, a company located at a West Charleston address used by Marlon.
Fierro declined to say how Marlon came to answer the call from the security gate at the Wooden Gate property he owns.