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April 20, 2014

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Las Vegas mayoral candidates ramp up campaigns before early voting starts

With two days to go until early voting starts, candidates for Las Vegas mayor are pulling out the stops to try to push votes their way.

A few nuggets:

* Councilman Steve Ross launched a "Walk a day in your shoes" tour in which he visited local businesses to help employees do their jobs.

Ross fluffed pillows and cleaned rooms at a downtown hotel, then washed cars at a Northwest Las Vegas car wash.

"It's businesses like these that make the economy work," Ross said.

Ross said he launched the tour to show that he's "not afraid to get dirty and work hard."

* George Harris called on casino executive Sheldon Adelson to resume work on the shuttered St. Regis project near the Palazzo hotel and casino.

Work on the $600 million condominium tower stopped in November 2008 when the Las Vegas Sands Corp. ran into financial problems.

Last month, USA Today reported that Adelson wants to build a "mini Las Vegas" in Europe.

"I applaud Mr. Adelson's entrepreneurial spirit and I wish him the best of luck," Harris said. "However, before Mr. Adelson spends another dollar outside Nevada, I ask him to take care of the city that made him rich."

Incidentally, the Strip is not part of Las Vegas. It's in unincorporated Clark County.

Harris points out that Adelson is the 16th richest person in the world, and restarting the St. Regis project would create 1,000 construction jobs.

Harris also names his five leading opponents - Carolyn Goodman, Chris Giunchigliani, Larry Brown, Ross and Victor Chaltiel - and says they "have all had positions of influence for years but have not raised this issue."

Chaltiel is chairman of the board of the Adelson Educational Campus.

* Harris sent out an announcement to report that former state Sen. Bob Beers endorsed him. Beers is Harris' campaign manager.

* Unsuccessful U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian endorsed Carolyn Goodman. Tarkanian is a Republican; Goodman is an independent. She also comes out with a new television commercial Friday.

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  1. #oscarswife is about as independent as my left foot. She is a political shape shifter with no real ideals and will switch parties as the wind blows.

  2. Mr. Adelson is smart enough to know that there is no reason to build that other tower at this point. There is no need for more rooms on the strip right now. He can spend 600 million, employee 1000 union workers then close down the tower and let it set because he has no need for it at this time.

    There is a reason no one else contacted him about it. Common sense.

  3. Specific plans to turn the City around, from red ink to black ink with surpluses. An Ordiance to help stop the destruction of increasing foreclosures. A New Media Campaign for the image of Las Vegas to attract new employers and new residents. Can bring private financing of hundreds of millions $$$ from USA and Europe to fund many projects. With 30 years in business, has the know how to create thousands of jobs right here in Las Vegas. Has Plans to help residents become entrepeneurs. Two university degrees. Marlene Rogoff, Candidate for Mayor of Las Vegas. Listen to half hour interview posted on www.knpr.org