Monday, May 9, 2011 | 5:29 p.m.
Las Vegas Ward 3 candidate Adriana Martinez picked up endorsements Monday from three City Councilors: Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese, Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian and Councilman Ricki Barlow.
The endorsements are not surprising. Martinez works for Tarkanian as a City Hall liaison, and Reese has acted as an unofficial advisor to her campaign.
Still, they are likely to be helpful. The endorsements signal to voters that at least half of the current Council wants Martinez on its team.
Martinez is trying to make up ground against opponent Bob Coffin, a former state legislator who won the primary by 49 votes. The Ward 3 contest is the only outstanding City Council race in Las Vegas.
Martinez also recently earned an endorsement from Emily's List, a national political advocacy group for women. Emily's List most often endorses in national and statewide contests but also occasionally gets involved with local races.
"This is a historic opportunity to elect the first Hispanic and the fifth woman to the Council in Las Vegas' 105 year history," Emily's List Political Director Jonathan Parker noted in his endorsement letter.