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November 23, 2014

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Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross to face recall election

Steve Ross

Steve Ross

Opponents of Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross have collected enough signatures to qualify a recall election, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller announced Wednesday.

Miller’s office certified a sampling of results from Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax.

The Committee to Recall Steve Ross submitted 1,189 signatures on Monday. Lomax verified 1,150 signatures as valid after examining a random sample of 500 signatures. The recall needed 1,084 signatures to qualify.

The recall is led by Joe Scala, a car dealer who was denied a waiver to continue operating a dealership in Ross’ ward.

Pursuant to state law, Miller provided written notification to the Clark County registrar of voters, the Las Vegas city clerk, the petitioners and Ross.

Barring any legal challenges, the Las Vegas city clerk will issue a call for a special election 10 to 20 days from the date of the secretary of state’s notice of the filed petition.

Pursuant to the Nevada Constitution, the special election must be held within 30 days of the issuance of the call.

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  1. I'm not really sure how I feel about this. While I'm no fan of Steve Ross, he won his district fairly convincingly in 2009 with his constituents knowing he was found guilt of ethics violations. It appears to me that Scala is angry because Ross didn't take his bribe, and I have no faith that the organizer - Lisa Mayo-DeRiso - is anything more than a busy-body who obsesses about the Councilman and is really only in this for her own personal enrichment.

    This money would be better spent if the organizers waited until 2013 and focused their efforts on a new challenger then. But that's just me.