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Democratic incumbent on Clark County Commission takes razor-thin lead in District F race

Naoka Foreman
Naoka Foreman
Sean Golonka
Sean Golonka
Tabitha Mueller
Tabitha Mueller
Election 2022

A Democratic incumbent on the Clark County Commission who had been trailing his Republican challenger since Election Day took the lead — by a mere 84 votes — on Saturday night, according to the latest batch of election results.

If Commission Justin Jones hangs on to his narrow 0.08-point lead, that would retain Democrats' longtime stronghold on the powerful local governing body. Incumbent Democrats Tick Segerblom (District E) and Jim Gibson (District G) have wide leads in their respective races.

Elsewhere in Southern Nevada, Pamela Goynes-Brown will become the first Black mayor of North Las Vegas, based on election results released Saturday evening. She leads state Sen. Pat Spearman in the race by a margin of nearly 2-to-1 with more than 60,000 votes counted.

Here’s a look at how local races stand in Southern Nevada as of Saturday night:

Clark County Commission

Three incumbent commissioners on the powerful Clark County Commission — which governs areas outside city boundaries, including the Las Vegas Strip, and acts much like a city council, approving taxes, development plans and business permits — were on the ballot for another four-year term, and at least two appear to be headed to victory in the general election. 

In District G, Chairman Jim Gibson, a Democrat, has a 9 point advantage (more than 9,800 votes) over his Republican challenger, Billy Mitchell, a Navy veteran and electrical engineer who helped build the Bellagio fountains. 

In District E, Commissioner Tick Segerblom is leading by 10,100 votes with 53 percent support. His Republican opponent, Jon Rider, has captured 38 percent of the votes, and nonpartisan candidate Marco Hernandez, who nearly beat Segerblom in the 2018 race for the same seat, has received 8 percent of the votes.

Democratic incumbent Justin Jones leads by 84 votes over his Republican challenger, Drew Johnson, in the nail-biter District F race.

The tight race in District F — which includes the southwestern part of the county, including the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area — comes amid a dispute between a developer and the county over planned homes near the scenic landscape that draws hordes of visitors each year. Developer Jim Rhodes, who has sued the county over the long-delayed project, has accused Jones of halting the housing plans through an “illicit deal” in 2018 with Gov. Steve Sisolak, who was the commission chair at the time.

Jones has denied the allegations, but the development conflict — and related litigation — cast a shadow over his re-election campaign. Attorneys representing Rhodes have alleged that Jones deleted his text message history shortly after voting against Rhodes’ proposed development plans in 2019.

“My ultimate goal would be to be respectful of the environment and not harm anyone's enjoyment of Red Rock, but put ourselves in the position where the government isn't doing anything illegal, and we're not having to pay somebody $2 billion because the government basically took their land,” Johnson said during in an interview during campaign season.

Las Vegas City Council

In the Republican-on-Republican competition for Las Vegas’ Ward 4, former two-term Republican Assemblywoman Francis Allen-Palenske extended her lead to nearly 5 points over her opponent, former city Councilman Bob Beers.

Allen-Palenske’s presence in the race comes after a 12-year hiatus from politics, ending after losing a bid to maintain her state Assembly seat in 2008. Allen-Palenske was the first Asian-American woman elected to the state Assembly.

Beers, who also lost a bid when he ran for state treasurer in 2018, won a large share of votes during the primary but has struggled to keep a foothold against the small business owner Allen-Palenske who gained the endorsement of the Las Vegas Police Protective Agency union. 

Ward 4 is the doughnut-shaped west-central area of the Las Vegas Valley and encompasses wealthier neighborhoods, including the retirement community Sun City Summerlin and Centennial Hills, where the median household income is greater than the rest of the city.

In the Ward 6 race, public policy think tank leader Nancy Brune has a nearly 1 percent lead over retired Metro Police homicide lieutenant Ray Spencer. That's the largest gap between the candidates since Election Day.

Spencer ran a “common sense” campaign focused on maintaining the quality of life for residents through increased public safety measures, which earned him an endorsement from the Las Vegas Police Protective Agency union.  Brune sought to focus her race on housing demands and education.

Ward 6 is the most northern part of the Las Vegas valley — including Skye Canyon and neighborhoods near Farm Road and Grand Teton Drive, where the average median household income is $26,000 more than the rest of the city. Michele Fiore, the Republican nominee for state treasurer, vacated this seat. 

The winners of the two races will join Las Vegas’ seven-member council, which oversees a budget of more than $1.7 billion for roughly 646,800 residents.

North Las Vegas Mayor

North Las Vegas Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown holds a 31 point advantage (more than 18,800 votes) over her Democratic opponent state Sen. Pat Spearman in North Las Vegas’ Mayoral race.

With her substantial lead in the race, it’s likely that Goynes-Brown, a former assistant principal who has served on the North Las Vegas city council since 2011, will become the first Black mayor of North Las Vegas and the only Black mayor in Nevada. 

Spearman, an Army veteran who was first elected to the state Senate in 2012, is falling behind despite the support of community organizing groups such as the Culinary Workers Union, Service Employees International Union Nevada and an endorsement from Vice President Kamala Harris. She had centered her campaign around progressive ideals, focusing on accessible housing and economic development.

Democratic and Republican organizations supported Goynes-Brown, who held a fundraising lead over Spearman throughout the campaign.

Henderson City Council

In the race for the open Ward 3 seat on Henderson City Council, Carrie Cox leads by some 3,300 votes, or nearly 3 percentage points, over her opponent, Trish Nash.

Cox, who maintains the slight lead over Nash, received 23 percent of the vote to Nash’s 31 percent during the primary. The race could shift depending on the number of mail ballots over the next few days. The ward extends north of the 215 Beltway and Lake Mead Parkway to Russell Road from Whitney Ranch to Lake Las Vegas.

Cox, who works at the Pinecrest Academy Sloan Canyon campus,  and Nash have similar goals if elected to represent Ward 3. Nash has said her real estate experience distinguishes her in the race, while Cox has argued that she would provide a new voice to the council because she is not part of the “good ole boys club.” 

The 2022 election marks Cox’s second attempt to represent Ward 3. She originally ran for the nonpartisan seat in 2017 against incumbent John Marz, who can’t run again because of term limits. Cox lost to Marz by 440 votes.

In previous interviews, Nash said that running for councilwoman was the “natural progression” after being involved in the community for more than 20 years. She is the former chair of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, the vice chair of the City of Henderson Comprehensive Plan Implementation Advisory Committee and the board chair of the nonprofit Living Grace Homes, which houses young women and teenage girls in need. 

“I want to be a voice for our community,” Nash said in a previous interview. “I have been in the community working, rolling up my sleeves in the community, volunteering since I can remember. It’s not like I just started and decided to run for office.”

As of Thursday evening, a majority (68 percent) of Henderson residents had voted “yes” on a city ballot measure that would require city council candidates be elected by the voters of a ward they seek to represent, rather than voters citywide. 

Other county races

Democratic Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson carries a significant lead over his Republican opponent Timothy Treffinger (57 percent to 43 percent), putting Wolfson on track to secure a third consecutive term as the top prosecutor in the state’s most populous county.

The race to be the next Clark County Sheriff was previously decided in the June primary election when retired undersheriff Kevin McMahill won more than 50 percent of votes for the nonpartisan position. He’ll replace outgoing Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who remains locked in a tight race for governor.

In several other county-level races, Democratic candidates carried narrow leads over their Republican opponents.

  • In the race for Clark County Clerk, Democratic incumbent Lynn Goya holds a nearly 37,900-vote lead over Republican candidate Bill Young.
  • In the race for Clark County Assessor, Democratic incumbent Briana Johnson leads by more than 62,000 votes over Republican challenger Helen Oseguera.
  • In the race for Clark County Recorder, Democratic incumbent Debbie Conway holds a 47,400-vote lead over her Republican opponent, John Evans.
  • In the race for Clark County Treasurer, Democratic candidate Ken Diaz carries a 28,000-vote lead over Republican candidate Mitchell Tracy.
  • In the race for Clark County Public Administrator, Democratic candidate Rita Reid holds a lead of about 27,400 votes over Republican candidate Patsy Brown. The previous Clark County Public Administrator, Robert Telles, was removed for office last month after being charged with murder in the stabbing death of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German.

This story was updated at 7:11 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2022, to reflected updated race results.


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