Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 | 12:20 p.m.
A former state senator on Wednesday announced his candidacy for mayor of North Las Vegas.
John Lee, who served 15 years in the Nevada Legislature, said the city’s financial difficulties and the city’s current leadership prompted his decision.
“We pay more taxes than any other city, yet we have fewer police, fewer firefighters, decaying infrastructure, the list truly goes on and on,” Lee said in a statement. “This is quicksand leadership mired in bad decision-making.”
Lee singled out incumbent Mayor Shari Buck for criticism on two specific projects: development of Craig Ranch Regional Park without the money to open it, and the building of the $250 million City Hall.
Lee was first elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1997, then in 2004 was elected to the State Senate. He lost his bid for re-election to his state seat in the June primary He is chairman of the Clark County Shooting Range and a member of the executive board for the Las Vegas Area Council, Boys Scouts of America.
He and his wife, Marilyn, have seven children and 17 grandchildren.
The candidate filing period opens Jan. 22 and ends Feb. 1.