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Carolyn Goodman, wife of Oscar Goodman, enters Las Vegas mayor race


Steve Marcus

Carolyn Goodman, wife of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, waits for her husband to deliver the annual State of the City address at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 | 5:06 p.m.

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KSNV coverage of candidate filings for Las Vegas mayoral race, Feb. 2, 2011.

With her husband at her side, Carolyn Goodman filed Wednesday afternoon in the Las Vegas City Clerk's office for mayor, the post her colorful husband, Oscar, has held for nearly 12 years.

"I am going full force out," she said, promising to continue the vision her husband has toward redeveloping the downtown and bringing culture, medical facilities, research and professional sports to Las Vegas.

"I love this city and I have a passion for it. I am so excited about the rich redevelopment that is going on," she said. "This is just such an exciting time to keep going forward."

The announcement that she planned to file drew a packed room of reporters, photographers and videographers who watched as she completed paperwork and paid the $100 filing fee.

Carolyn Goodman, who retired in June as president of the Meadows School, the nonprofit private campus she founded in 1984, said she had been considering running for the past six to eight months.

As her husband's term was coming to a close, she began wondering who was going to take his vision forward. But her husband didn't think she would be the one to carry it on.

"This morning he woke up and he said, 'You know, I've really been thinking about it. And don't do it,'" Carolyn Goodman said.

"And I said, 'you know it's interesting. I thought about it all last night too. And I'm going to file.' And he looked over at me and said, 'You go for it, girl.'"

Sun columnist Jon Ralston reported Wednesday morning that Oscar Goodman walked into Councilman Steve Ross' office and told him that Carolyn will run because she was worried Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani would win the race.

Giunchigliani announced Wednesday morning at a Hispanics in Politics breakfast that she is running for mayor. Ross also is a candidate in the race.

Others in the race so far include Deborah Love, who filed this afternoon; Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown; Joe Falco, a retired car salesman; Katie Duncan, a west Las Vegas businesswoman; Marlene Rogoff, a real estate agent; Abdul H. Shabazz, a local businessman; Tim Gamble, an emergency medical technician; and Larry M. Jeppeson, a retired teacher; and Angel Vasquez.

Caroline Goodman admitted that her last name would give her an edge. She and her husband have lived in Las Vegas for 35 years.

"Everything that we are is largely Las Vegas," she said.

Asked if her campaign was like giving her husband another term in office, she said "I think that would be sort of cheating."

"Everybody that knows both of us would know that the reason we have this wonderful relationship is because we share, but we each have our own lives and our own brains and our own thoughts about how we do things," she said.

She said the city's growth and excitement "is the result of his vision and passion."

"I'm not that person at all," she said. "But I adore him and I think everything that he's done has been fabulous with the council and everybody else who has taken a shoulder in the city."

Carolyn Goodman said her vision is "to follow along and continue the momentum that has already been created in these past 12 years."

She said it would be difficult to run against friends.

"I think the voting public is smart," she said. "I know I never try to miss an opportunity to vote. I don't think that's going to be a difficulty. I respect them and I respect the job that they would each do."

She said she intends to keep pushing to bring Las Vegas great culture, great medical services, great research, great businesses and professional sports.

"I can't say that I have the same excitement and bravado and approach to everything that he does," she said. "And I keep trying to figure out how to take those showgirls with me ... I'm still working on that."

Carolyn Goodman said she would try to find an inventive way to make appearances with the showgirls "if I could figure out a nice way to do it," she said.

Asked if she would bring along Chippendale's dancers, she quickly said "No," getting laughs.

"How could I do this when I have this wonderful man here," she said, patting her husband, who laughed and said "How do you like that?"

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  1. Ms. Goodman will be our next mayor. The entertainment in this town never ends! ;-)

    Mr. Goodman has done a great job as our mayor. The downward spiral had nothing to do with him being in office and he has done more for downtown then anyone ever has.

    Ms. Goodman will continue in his footsteps and add her good sense. This is a lady that already has done more for Las Vegas then most people ever do in a lifetime!

    Back to Iowa with you Stephen. You don't like Vegas and have no clue how it works.

  2. Also, anyone that thinks Ms. Goodman will be a figurehead for Mr. Goodman has no clue what they are talking about and who Ms. Goodman is.

    This is a lady that stands on her own in this town and with his backing, she will be our next mayor.

  3. Hey Sun (Tim), can you suspend mred's posting privileges for a couple days for giving us that mental image?

  4. What a joke, I am not going to run, oh no, I am going to run. No comment!!!!
    Please enough of the Goodman games for the "GOOD" of the City.

  5. Wow, too many people educated in the Clark County School District having access to the forums...

    When was the last time you saw any state of the city speech covered by international news? Other than Oscar's in Las Vegas, never.

    Do you think CNN or any other news organization would have covered the Zappo's announcement if anyone else was Mayor? Not hardly.

    That publicity caused by Goodman will go a long way to help the city attract new non gaming business to Las Vegas. It's still the buzz of the business world and it would not have happened if some publicity shy, no name, had been mayor.

    Having the PR of the Goodman name attached to it, does the city and the businesses in the city, a lot of good.

    Goodman has helped this city in more ways than you will ever understand. Having his wife in the hot seat just adds to the long list of contributions.

    With her background in education, community relations, politics and public relations, she will be better for this city and the county than the other no names trying to get elected.

    Just for the record, she stands on her own, not in the shadow of her husband.

  6. Why am I not surprised? No change; just a sex change.

  7. good luck mrs goodman VEGAS NEEDS YOU ~~phil uk

  8. Excellent post by "IowaGuy" Las Vegas needs a change at City Hall. Not another Goodman, not at this time or anytime soon. The city needs and deserve better leadership and political identification. The Goodman's are not what we need, nor Chris or Brown. These are old dogs that cannot and will not learn new tricks. We need new ideals from a new face with fresh thinking outside of the old boys and girls network.

    A legitimate person is needed as our new mayor. Legitimate is the key word.

  9. mred had a comment removed? I just dropped my Kool-aid.

    Um, Mrs. Goodman? Are you going to remove the illegal barricades along Main St. and Foremaster?

    Are you going to install soap dispensers in the DTC men's room to stop the spread of disease? And are you going to bring public buildings up to health code?

    Are you going to replace the vending machines, pay phones, newspaper stands in the lobby?

    Are you going to continue or end the abusive and illegal actions against the homeless and poor citizens of this city within the city limits?

    Are you prepared to defend the city in a federal lawsuit due to the city's illegal and unconstitutional actions against the homeless and poor citizens of this city?

    We're listening, Mrs. Goodman.

  10. Mayor Goodman has done more for Las Vegas than 10,000 angry, anonymous online haters ever will. If he could run again, I'd be right there supporting him. Again.

    This indeed makes things interesting.

  11. Hey, Cliff, will you please spell out for us what you've done lately for the "homeless?" Slipped a bum at a freeway off-ramp a buck or two? Maybe you've a vacant bedroom in your residence that you could offer a vagrant to sleep in. My wife & I contribute to Shade Tree, Opportunity Village & others. If street-corner beggars are truly indigent & need help, there are many agencies, tax-supported and charitable, that will offer them assistance.

  12. Hey Jerry, don't insult me! So you give so you can have a tax deduction, good for you. That's very nice of you.

    I give direct-to-the-streets to 100s of homeless people weekly, sometimes daily and I and my friends volunteer our time, not the thousands of dollars in salaries your "charities" charge and we don't make tax deductions.

    It's none of your business what I do to help the homeless. My charges toward the city and the administration are the illegal and abusive activity that they conduct against the homeless.

    What you don't know or want to understand is that the "system" is broken.

    All you people that stereotype and rant about homeless people asking for handouts that don't deserve them are too ignorant to understand we have a system in place costing billions of dollars, a safety net, that doesn't work that REFUSES service to the truly qualified. Not your qualifications, Jerry, but the qualifications of federal law.

    You concern your self of what I do which is immaterial. The facts are this city and county are defrauding federal taxpayers out of paid-for services by not rendering them to the qualified needy and in addition conducting unconstitutional and unlawful acts against the homeless and poor citizens of this community.

    The elected and appointed officials of this community know full well of what I am talking about and it is not my job to educate you or anyone else on the matter, Jerry.

    If Mrs. Goodman is prepared to take over her husband's legacy, then she needs to prepare to inherit his liabilities.