The special election for Las Vegas’ Ward 5 is just a week away, and already one candidate in the eleven-person race is standing out from the pack. University Regent Cedric Crear leads in overall fundraising in the race, beating his closest rival by nearly $100,000.
The winner of the contest will replace former Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow, who resigned in January before pleading guilty to charges of pocketing campaign contributions.
Crear’s haul comes from casino companies, developers, attorneys and law firms. He’s spent almost as much as he’s taken in thus far, at $116,000.
Number two in the race is former Nevada State Assemblyman Harvey Munford, who has raised $26,000 from a much smaller group of donors. Like Crear, Munford has spent nearly everything. He spent $23,000.
Joe Mitchell, who was Barlow’s Ward liaison before the councilman resigned, took in third most at $18,000. He didn’t report spending any money before the reporting period closed on March 17.
Landscape company owner Walter Jones rounds out the top four candidates, taking in more than $10,000 and spending all of it. None of the other seven candidates in the race reported raising more than $10,000.
Politics NOW knew Crear was the front-runner in the race, but his fundraising confirms more than $120,000 has been raised since he announced he’d run for the seat last summer.
In fact, Crear has raised almost twice what the rest of the candidates in the field have taken in, combined.
Early voting for the Ward 5 special election will be held Thursday and Friday at City Hall, the Doolittle community center and the Las Vegas Athletic Club at 1725 N. Rainbow near Lake Mead Boulevard.
Election day is next Tuesday, and you can vote at city hall, the Doolittle Community Center or at Culley and Tobler Elementary Schools.