June 10, 2014 - All 3 County Commission incumbents advance to general election
By BEN BOTKIN
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
All three incumbent Clark County commissioners enjoyed wide leads over their opponents in the Democratic primary Tuesday, easily advancing to the general election.
The primaries attracted attention from staffers of the Las Vegas Township Constable's Office. Commissioners in March 2013 decided to close the office in January, when Constable John Bonaventura's term ends. Bonaventura ran against Commissioner Mary Beth Scow. Lou Toomin, the office's public information and chief operating officer, ran against Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani.
Both lost by wide margins. Each one garnered less than one-fifth of the votes, with 34 percent of precincts reporting.
Scow, also a former Clark County School Board member, ran for a second four-year term in District G on a platform that includes promoting neighborhood issues such as graffiti abatement and volunteer cleanup events and economic development.
"I think the message we tried to get out resonated with people," Scow said. "...We felt pretty good going into it. I think this is even better than we anticipated."
Scow faces Republican Cindy Lake, a Realtor and former chairwoman of the Clark County Republican Party, in the Nov. 4 general election. Lake advanced after running against Carson Earnest, a retired Chicago police officer.
"I'm looking forward to a good competitive race," Lake said.
Giunchigliani, who is seeking a third, final term to the District E seat, has had a career as a special education teacher and served as a state legislator before becoming a commissioner. She has been an opponent of raising the sales tax to pay for more police officers, calling it regressive. She supports exploring the possibility of bringing in a light rail service to the community.
In the general election, she'll face either Republican Randy Rose or Joe Thibodeau, who were seeking the GOP nod. Thibodeau had a slight lead on Tuesday night, with 34 percent of precincts reporting.
Thibodeau said he needs to have a strong grassroots campaign and come up with more funds to mount a challenge against the incumbent.
He wants to shut down unlicensed businesses such as illegal car washes.
"If we didn't waste our time to come up with new ordinances we could focus on enforcing laws in place," Thibodeau said.
County Commissioner Susan Brager, running for a third and final four-year term, faced a crowded field of three opponents also seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the District F seat. Her primary challengers were Susan Bonaventura, Ellen Nakamura and former state Sen. Mike Schneider. Susan Bonaventura is John Bonaventura's former wife.
Brager had a wide margin over all the opponents Tuesday.
A Realtor, Brager also served on the School Board before becoming a county commissioner. Brager said she's humbled by voters' support.
"I am so thrilled to move onto the general election," she said.
She'll face Republican Mitchell Tracy in the general election. Tracy, an insurance company auto appraiser, advanced in the GOP primary over opponent Joe Krathwohl, with a comfortable margin.
"I'm looking forward to a rematch," against incumbent Susan Brager," said Tracy, who unsuccessfully ran against Brager in 2010. "Things are going to be different this time."
In the District F general election, third-party candidates running are Independent American Party candidate Lyal Darrel and Libertarian Jason G. Smith.