Dead brothel owner Dennis Hof’s Assembly win prompts special selection process for seat

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Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star Dennis Hof died last month but still won Assembly District 36 after fashioning himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate. Now, commissioners from Clark, Lincoln and Nye counties will select the next person to represent that district during the next several weeks.

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Hof was found dead Oct. 16 after a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday. Officials are still determining his cause of death, but they don’t suspect foul play.

The process for selecting someone to fill the Hof’s Assembly seat will begin with calling for applications from interested residents. Under state law, qualified applicants must reside in Assembly District 36 and be a member of the same political party as Hof, who was a Republican. 

Prospective applicants who are unsure if they live in State Assembly District 36 may check the district boundaries on the state legislative website. 

Applications are expected to be available through each of the three counties’ websites within the next week. The commissioners from the three counties will meet separately early next month to nominate their preferred candidate for the assembly seat. Then, the commissioners from all three counties will meet to select the next representative for State Assembly District 36. 

Under state law, the value of the votes from each county commission will be weighted to match the population distribution of each county within the assembly district as of the last U.S. census. In Assembly District 36, almost 64 percent of the population resides in Nye County, about 34 percent lives in Clark County, and about 3 percent resides in Lincoln County.

The person selected will serve the full two-year term in the Assembly.

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