Six candidates in municipal races fail to file disclosures, face fines

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button buttonWith less than two weeks to go until municipal primary election day on April 2 in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson, several candidates have yet to file financial disclosures prescribed by state law.

Financial disclosures require that candidates disclose their sources of income, property they own other than a residence, and debts owed.

In the race for Las Vegas Ward 1, candidate Dave Marlon has yet to file his financial disclosure.  Marlon, through a third party, claims he’s not required to file until April, after the primary election.

Former U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen has also failed to file the requisite financial disclosure for 2019. Kihuen, a candidate in the race for Las Vegas Ward 3, left Congress in disgrace after he was sanctioned for sexual misconduct.

One of Kihuen’s nine opponents in the Ward 3 race, restaurant owner George Mingo Colasso, also failed to file a financial disclosure.

In North Las Vegas, Ward 4 candidates Lamont Riley and Zachary Robbins have failed to file financial disclosures.

In Henderson, Ward 4 candidate Curt Easley has failed to file a financial disclosure. Easley is running against Dan Stewart, who was appointed to the seat in 2017 to fill a vacancy caused by Sam Bateman’s election to Henderson Justice Court.

Nevada law allows the Secretary of State to impose fines determined by the amount of time elapsed since the form was due. Statements filed more than 10 days but less than 20 days late are fined $25. Statements filed more than 20 days but less than 30 days late are fined $100. Statements filed more than 30 days but not more than 45 days after the deadline can be fined $250.

Disclosures filed more than 45 days late can be fined $2,000. As of Wednesday, financial disclosures are 38 days late.

“When candidates are late filing their reports, we reach out to them with a letter via email and notify them that we have not received their report, that fines are accruing and that they need to file their report and/or contact our office for assistance,” says Jennifer Russell, spokeswoman for Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske.

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 has four adult children, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.


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