Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow sent a letter to the governor Tuesday morning announcing her decision to resign from the local elected post.
She intends her last day to be June 30.
"I have served in the community 40 years as a volunteer and elected official and balanced time between family and community,” Scow said via a text message. “It has been increasingly difficult to balance the two. After much thought I have decided to resign my seat."
Scow was first elected in 2010, and narrowly won re-election against former Clark County GOP Chair Cindy Lake in 2014. Scow previously served three terms on the Clark County School District Board of Trustees before moving to the county commission.
Scow’s departure from the all-Democrat commission in the middle of her term means Gov. Brian Sandoval will be tasked with appointing her replacement, who must also be a Democrat. District G, which Scow represents, covers portions of the eastern valley, Henderson and Boulder City.
In a statement, Sandoval thanked Scow for having "served her community with honor."
“I wish her all the best in her future endeavors and will announce a replacement in the near future," he said.
Republican state Sen. Joe Hardy, whose district overlaps with much of the commission seat, said he initially had interest in running for the seat in 2018, but had decided to not run against Scow. Hardy said her departure was “intriguing,” and that he now would weigh either running for re-election or making a bid for the commission seat.
“This obviously opens up a door that I didn’t think was open,” he said.
Former Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson is also interested in being appointed to the seat, multiple sources confirmed.
Democratic Assemblyman Richard Carrillo sent a letter of interest in filling the position to Sandoval on Tuesday night, saying that he had worked closely with Scow in the past and held the necessary skills to successfully fill the position.
"There is much work yet to be done as we ready ourselves to welcome the Raiders and ensure the safety, health and well-being of all of our residents," he said in the letter.
Scow’s decision to leave opens up another County Commission race on the 2018 ballot. Democratic state Sen. Tick Segerblom said on Monday that he’s exploring a bid to replace termed-out Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, while former state senator Justin Jones and attorney Tisha Black are angling to run for the commission seat currently held by Susan Brager.
Feature photo: The Clark County Government Center is seen on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by Jeff Scheid.
Updated at 12:56 p.m. to include Scow's resignation letter and a quote from Gov. Brian Sandoval. Updated Wednesday at 10:12 a.m. to include a letter and details of Assemblyman Richard Carrillo applying for the seat.