the nevada independent logo
The Assembly chambers on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 following sine die on the sixth day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)

Six people have applied to fill a Las Vegas area Assembly seat left vacant when Democrat Alexander Assefa resigned his post amid a criminal investigation.

Clark County officials said the eligible candidates who submitted their applications by the midday Tuesday deadline were:

  • Jack Absher III, president of Absher Enterprises, which consists of businesses including two Long John Silvers franchises and commercial real estate
  • Chris Hardin, a real estate investor
  • Juana Leia Jordan, a retired psychologist with the state Department of Corrections
  • Saramei “Sara” Kalaoram, a former research analyst and communications intern with the Culinary Union
  • Tracy Marie Brown-May, an executive at Opportunity Village, a nonprofit that serves adults with disabilities in Southern Nevada
  • Izack Tenorio, director of development at Cristo Rey St. Viator, a college preparatory high school

The Clark County Commission has the responsibility to choose from among the applicants, and will likely choose a replacement during its meeting on Feb. 2. The person must live in the district and be a Democrat, the same party as Assefa.

Three submitted applications were not accepted by county officials; one was not properly notarized, one was filed by a person who lives outside the district and another was filed by a registered Republican.

Commissioners also must fill a Senate vacancy left when Democrat Yvanna Cancela resigned to take a job in President Joe Biden’s administration.

Comment Policy (updated 10/4/19): Please keep your comments civil. We reserve the right to delete comments or ban users who engage in personal attacks, use an excess of profanity, make verifiably false statements or are otherwise nasty.

What Happened Here: A six-part series on COVID-19 in Nevada

correct us
ideas & story tips