A Clark County School Trustee. An Assemblyman. A social studies teacher. An executive casino host. An entertainment consultant. A bike-shop owner. A college instructor. A doctor. A floral designer. And several lawyers.
These are some of the dozens of applicants who have applied with Clark County for two vacant state Senate seats and one open Assembly seat. The seats need to be filled before the 2019 Nevada Legislature begins its 120-day session on Feb. 4.
Seats that need to be filled include those of Democratic Sen. Aaron Ford, elected to state Attorney General; Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom, elected to the Clark County Commission; and Republican Dennis Hof, who died several weeks before the 2018 election but was still elected to the Assembly seat. Replacements for the two Senate seats will be picked by the 7-member Clark County Commission and will serve out the remaining two years of the terms before going up for election again in 2020.
Replacements appointed to the open seats must reside in the district and be of the same political party as the former legislator. The application deadline was noon Monday.
The appointment decision could be historic. If the county commissions decide to appoint female candidates to two of the three open seats, the 63-member Nevada Legislature will be majority female for the first time in its history.
Ten people applied for the vacant Senate seat in District 11, which covers portions of central and southwest Las Vegas. Among those vying for that seat: Clark County School Trustee Kevin Child, who lost his re-election bid in November after a contentious first term on the board, and Reuben D’Silva, a social studies teacher at Rancho High School who ran against Rep. Dina Titus in the primary election.
The Senate seat in District 3, which includes a chunk of the northwest valley and older neighborhoods near University Medical Center, attracted nine applicants. Assemblyman Chris Brooks was among those who put his name forward for consideration, along with attorneys Alison Brasier, Nancy Rameriz Ayala and Larissa Drohobyczer.
Close to two dozen people filed to replace Hof, who died in October but was required to stay on the ballot under state law. Applicants for the rural Nevada district centered in Pahrump include Joseph Burdzinski, the chairman of the Nye County Republican Party who is endorsed by Nevada Republican Party chairman Michael McDonald; former Republican gubernatorial candidate Jared Fisher; and Joseph Bradley, a medical doctor who ran against Hof and incumbent Assemblyman James Oscarson in the 2018 Republican primary for the Assembly seat.
Although he expressed interest in running for the seat, Oscarson did not submit an application for the position. Filling the seat will technically be decided by all three county commissions that the district encompassess, but voting power for each county is based on relative population meaning that the Nye County Commission will effectively decide the replacement.
County commissioners are expected to select people to fill the open Senate seats during a public meeting on Dec. 4. The decision for Assembly District 36 likely will come three days later — Dec. 7 — when commissioners from Nye, Clark and Lincoln counties meet to select an appointee.
Below is a list of all the applicants for each open seat:
Senate District 11: 10 applicants
- Lizbeth Arias, an advisor in the UNLV Office of International Programs
- Julie Bernell-Ostrovsky, part-time real-estate agent and deputy executive director of the Nevada Justice Association
- Kevin Child, a real-estate agent and Clark County School Trustee who lost a re-election bid in November
- Rose Donahue, producer and account executive for Quantum Arc Media
- Reuben D’Silva, social studies teacher at Rancho High School
- Christopher Hardin, manages SFR Investments
- Dallas Harris, administrative attorney with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
- Arlene Heshmati, attorney in the Clark County Public Defender’s Office
- Cameron Miller, entertainment consultant and executive producer
- Duy Nguyen, vice president and chief operating officer for the Asian Community Development Council
Senate District 3: 9 applicants
- Alison Brasier, an attorney at the law firm of Hicks & Brasier
- Nancy Ramirez Ayala, an attorney and franchise owner of Blo Blow Dry Bar
- Chris Brooks, a Nevada state Assemblyman and renewable energy consultant
- Larissa Drohobyczer, an attorney with Stovall & Associates and Wealth Management Law Group
- Dean Richard Lauer, Jr., a law enforcement strategist and former Deputy Chief with the Las Vegas township Constable’s office
- Karen Layne, a police planner and assistant professor at UNLV
- Jennifer Munoz, an executive with First American Title Insurance Company
- Zenda “Zee” Marie Shepard, an executive casino host
- Lindsay Warner, owner of a safety pet product business and former intern for the Israeli Parliament
Assembly District 36: 19 applicants
- Joseph Burdzinski, chairman of the Nye County Republican Party
- Brigitte Dubin, a member of the Nye County Raw Milk Commission and retiree
- Thomas Duryea, a retired Department of Defense employee
- Jared Fisher, a bike-shop owner who ran for Nevada governor in 2018
- William Gray
- Gregory Hafen, Chairman of the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission and member of other community organizations
- Jonathan Hernandez, a former Emergency Medical Technician and volunteer caregiver
- Adam Huckeby, a Great Basin College student and member of the school’s Student Government Association
- Tina Bond-Kuglin, an office manager and safety coordinator with Frehner Masonry
- Joseph Bradley, a medical doctor who lost in the 2018 Republican primary for the same Assembly seat
- Charles Navarro, a nonprofit employee and former district director for Congressman Cresent Hardy
- Nathan Taylor, a Republican Party volunteer and business consultant
- Sandra Faye Tulley, a real estate salesperson with Access Realty
- Wayne Villines, a youth worker in Amargosa Valley
- Walter Grudzinski, a Great Basin College instructor and retired defense department trainer
- Bailey Kesl, a floral designer and research assistant at the College of Southern Nevada
- Brent Leavitt, a financial planner and former Nevada Assembly candidate
- Denise Mraz, who doesn’t list an occupation
- Patrick Nary, retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army
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