FINAL RESULTS: Low turnout in municipal primary elections

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UPDATE: In the Las Vegas Ward 3 race, Melissa Clary moved from 3rd place to 2nd place, passing former Congressman Ruben Kihuen by five votes. Clary and Former Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz will move onto the General Election in June. 

In Boulder City Mayor Rod Woodbury with 41.8 percent, will face off with City Councilman Kiernan McManus who has 40.2 percent of the vote. They will meet in the General Election as well.  

In Las Vegas Ward 1, Brian Knudsen with 26.99 percent and Robin Munier with 20.03 percern will face on in the General Election. 

Total voter turnout in the Municipal Primary was 8.8 percent. That is the 2nd lowest total in the last 20 years. Total election day turnout was 2.62 percent. 


(7:15 p.m.) — Municipal primary elections had a woeful turnout, with about 6.18 percent of eligible voters casting their ballot in early voting, according to preliminary numbers released by the Clark County Registrar’s Office.  

The cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City had city council seats up for grabs. Las Vegas and Boulder City were voting on a mayor, and Henderson had a municipal court judge seat.

If a candidate receives than half of the votes in a race, they win outright. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters go on to the general election in June.  All the races are considered non-partisan.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman won her bid for a third term. That will make it 24 straight years with a Goodman in City Hall. Mayor Goodman has also been fighting Stage 2 breast cancer, but says doctors have assured her it is treatable. 

Three Las Vegas City Council seats were up for grabs. The Ward 3 race received the most attention, with former Congressman Ruben Kihuen running.  Kihuen left Congress after women came forward saying Kihuen had been sexually harassing them.  A House Ethics Committee investigation into the allegations said they were credible and he violated House rules.  

Former State Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz left her seat in the legislature to run against Kihuen. The Ward 3 seat is currently held by Bob Coffin, who is not running again.

After early voting, Diaz has 32 percent of the vote, Kihuen has 30 percent and Melissa Clary has 28 percent.

The Las Vegas Ward 1 race featured former addiction recovery advocate David Marlon, who was the Vice President of American Addiction Centers. Marlon’s campaign is being run by Fierro Communications, who also ran Kihuen’s campaign and worked on the campaign of former Ward 2 City Councilman Steve Seroka. Seroka abruptly resigned, and a special election will be held for his seat in line with the June primary. 

City of Las Vegas employee Brian Knudsen also ran for the seat. The Ward 1 seat is currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Lois Tarkanian, who is term-limited out. She endorsed her assistant Robin Munier in the race.

After early voting, Knudsen leads with 26 percent of the vote, followed by Munier with nearly 20 percent, and Marlon has just under 17 percent.

Las Vegas Councilman Cedric Crear is leading the race to hold onto his Ward 5 seat. He has 60 percent of the vote after early voting. Crear won it in a special election after Councilman Rikki Barlow stepped down after he was federally indicted for pocketing campaign funds.

In North Las Vegas, Richard Cherchio is leading in the race to retain his Ward 4 City Council seat. North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee backed an opponent in the race against Cherchio. Lee endorsed North Las Vegas Planning Commissioner George Warner. After early voting, Cherchio has 49 percent of the vote.

With 84 percent of the vote, North Las Vegas Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown will hold onto her Ward 2 seat.

In Henderson, several incumbent Councilmen also held onto their seats. Dan Shaw won again in Ward 2 (84 percent after early voting), and Dan Stewart won again in Ward 4 (87 percent after early voting). In Ward 1, Former Henderson city employee Michelle Romero has nearly 61 percent of the vote after early voting.  Romero worked for the city for 25 years, mostly as a Redevelopment manager.  

With 72 percent of the vote after early voting, Mark Stevens appears to be on the way to holding onto his Henderson Municipal Court Judgeship in Department 1. That is a six-year term.

In Boulder City, Mayor Rod Woodbury may have to win a general election. He will face off with Councilman Kiernan McManus who has 39.6 percent. After early voting, Woodbury leads 42.5 percent. Another councilman, Warren Harhay, is in third place in the Mayoral race. 

Boulder City also has two city council seats up for grabs. They are at-large seats, which means the top two vote-getters will be on the Council.  

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