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Bob Beers wins special election for Ward 2 City Council seat

Bob Beers

Bob Beers

Bob Beers wins City Council seat

KSNV coverage of Bob Beers winning the Las Vegas City Council special election for Ward 2, March 20, 2012.

Las Vegas Special Election

Bob Beers, 52, a former Republican state senator and assemblyman, won the Ward 2 special election for Las Vegas City Council Tuesday night by 776 votes over second-place finisher Ric Truesdell.

“It’s a big job, a lot of responsibility. I have a lot to learn and I’m a little intimidated,” said Beers, adding that he was excited about the victory.

About 60 of Beers’ family and friends celebrated Tuesday night in the courtyard of Mundo, a Mexican restaurant near the World Market Center downtown.

As a councilman, Beers said he plans to work toward prioritizing public safety over redevelopment.

Beers served in the Nevada Legislature from 1998 to 2008. He lost his state Senate seat to Democrat Allison Copening.

During his time in the Legislature, he served as vice chairman of the Finance Committee as an anti-tax conservative.

Beers won with 36.7 percent of the vote with 1,924 votes, beating eight other candidates including Truesdell, a 57-year-old small-business owner who has served on the Las Vegas Planning Commission. Truesdell secured 1,148 votes.

“I still believe in Las Vegas,” said Truesdell, adding with a laugh, “I also believe in an election with a primary.”

Truesdell said he plans to still work to improve the city by fundraising for the Discovery Children’s Museum and working on other community projects.

“Still working for greater Las Vegas,” he said.

Of the 42,706 registered voters living in the Summerlin-area ward, 5,245 residents voted in person or by mail.

“City elections generally suffer from a low turnout,” Beers said.

Beers will take up the nonpartisan seat left by newly appointed District Attorney Steve Wolfson and will be sworn in in about two weeks.

Beers is managing partner of Seale & Beers CPAs and is certified as both a fraud examiner and public accountant. He and his wife, Sarah Beers — coordinator for Parenting Project for Clark County — have two children.

He can also play the banjo.

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  1. "As a councilman, Beers said he plans to work toward prioritizing public safety over redevelopment." - from the story

    Does that mean he is going to advocate reining in Metro or letting them off the leash?

    On a side note, if he does everything he can to make Las Vegas more attractive to business moving in/starting up then that will help remove some of the factors that put the public at risk to begin with.

  2. Wish Mr. Beers would just stick to playing banjo. Las Vegas will be poorly served by Mr. Beers and will realize its error much too late.

  3. Agree with you, Marla...

    Another retread politician, and a divisive one at that.

    He sure loves 'running for office', doesn't he?

    I'm hearing the Deliverance theme...

  4. The really sad part is only 12% of registered voters in Ward 2 got involved and voted.

    I am willing to bet 50% or better feel the need to complain about the state of their area of town yet could not take two minutes to vote for good leadership in their area.

    Less then 2000 votes put Mr. Beers in office. ;-(

  5. That is just what the City needed, a career-suck-of-the-tax-payers representative on the City Council. This guy just runs for office until he snags one so that he can satisfy his power hungry ego and need to control someone, anyone, anything.
    Gmag - the Deliverance theme song is playing loud and clear in my head too.

  6. Wacko libs are out in force on this one! If you didn't agree with him, why didn't you run someone really qualified against him?

  7. "Of the 42,706 registered voters living in the Summerlin-area ward, 5,245 residents voted in person or by mail."

    Ward 2 is mostly Summerlin! Could it be people mistakenly thought they were voting for Steve Sebelius?

    SEBELIUS! Why didn't YOU RUN?

    GEESHE! How sad, Sad, SAD!