Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 | 2 a.m.
Although one campaign season just ended, a slew of candidates in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson are starting to get political in advance of this summer’s municipal elections.
The field is set for two mayoral races and several city council races after the deadline for candidates to withdraw passed earlier this week.
Several of the races feature more than two candidates, leaving them two months to campaign before the April 2 primary election. The top two vote-getters in each race will then face off in the June 4 general election.
In Las Vegas, three incumbent city councilmen will defend their seats.
In Ward 2, Councilman Bob Beers, 53, who won the seat during a 2012 special election, will take on real estate investor Fayyaz Raja, 61, who received just over 1 percent of the vote when he also ran for the seat in 2012.
The Ward 6 race will see real estate agent Suzette LaGrange and pest control business owner Paul Rodriguez, 40, try to unseat Councilman Steve Ross, 50, who is seeking a third term. Ross survived a recall election in 2012 with 70 percent of the vote.
Las Vegas City Council members serve four-year terms and receive an annual salary of $74,706.
Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen, 58, will face six challengers as he seeks a second term leading the city.
The field includes retired Air Force officer and current Henderson Police employee Rick Workman, 56; construction company manager Joe Scala, 55; retired business executive Jerry Sakura, 73; fire service technician and UNLV student Kyler Robinson, 28; retired Chrysler executive and business owner Eddie Hamilton, 70; and Clayton Simmons.
Incumbent Councilman John Marz, 66, will seek his first full term after being appointed to replace Kathleen Vermillion as the Ward 3 representative on the council in 2012.
Marz will face a primary challenge from author and artist Erin Lale, 44; auto parts delivery truck driver Bruce Cutler, 68; and insurance and real estate agent Milt Doyle, 63.
The Henderson mayor receives an annual salary of $54,632 and council members receive $44,288. Both are elected to four-year terms.
North Las Vegas
In North Las Vegas, Mayor Shari Buck, 52, will seek a second term while fending off challenges from John Lee, a business owner and former state senator; self-employed business consultant Sharon Belger, 40; and Mojave High School teacher Mike Hunter.
In Ward 1, incumbent Councilman Robert Eliason is term-limited, giving four new candidates a shot at the seat.
Competing for the job are Rancho High School teacher Isaac Barron, 43; Legacy High School teacher Jared Hardy, 38; tow truck driver Jeff Eggeman; and Clark County School District support staff member Juan Martinez.
Councilwoman Anita Wood, 49, will seek a second term representing Ward 3. She will be challenged by entrepreneur and part-time substitute teacher Tony Gales, 35; and Clark County staff member Janice Ridondo, 52.
The North Las Vegas mayor earns $47,889 annually and council members make $41,827. Each serves a four-year term.