A former Republican legislator is leading a new effort to recall a Las Vegas city councilman from office.
A notice of intent to recall Councilman Steve Seroka, a Democrat, was filed Monday by former Assemblywoman and conservative activist Victoria Seaman, Kim Fergus and Ulrira Miyashiro.
In an interview, Seaman said that if the recall effort qualified she would seek to run against Seroka and that the recall effort was being brought over unhappiness over how Seroka has dealt with the city’s long-running dispute with developers seeking to build on the shuttered Badlands golf course in west Las Vegas.
“I intend to be vociferous about it and make sure that people know that councilman Seroka isn’t looking for solutions,” she said. “He’s a councilman for a few people in Queensridge.”
Seroka, who defeated incumbent Councilman Bob Beers in the 2017 municipal elections, staked much of his campaign over a contentious development plan for the closed golf course, which has angered residents of the nearby Queensridge neighborhood.
But conflict over the development has continued, and the city is facing at least nine lawsuits naming it as a defendant. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, one of the developers filed a federal lawsuit asking a judge to block Seroka and Councilman Bob Coffin from voting on items related to development on the golf course, related to email correspondence between Seroka, a gaming attorney and a Queensridge homeowner on strategies to oppose developing the golf course.
Seaman, who served one term in the Assembly and lost a state Senate race in the 2016 election, said she wanted to replace Seroka and thought she could do a better job bringing all parties together and coming to a solution that didn’t involve costly litigation.
“This is no way a legislator of any kind should be dealing with these issues,” she said.
In a brief interview, Seroka said it was “kind of sad” that the same issues that came up during the 2017 campaign were coming up again, but said he was confident the recall attempt would fail.
“I will stand up and continue protecting property values of people in my ward, and for all of the city of Las Vegas,” he said.
Under Nevada law, a recall effort must garner signatures from 25 percent of the voters who cast a ballot in the previous election. Total turnout in Seroka’s ward in the 2017 municipal election was 7,401, so backers of the recall will need to gather 1,850 signatures to qualify for a special election.
Recall backers will need to turn in the signatures by March 11. If enough signatures are gathered, a special election in the ward will be held.
Updated at 5:45 p.m. to add a statement from Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Seroka.