After serving more than 30 years on the Henderson City Council, term-limited Mayor Andy Hafen is passing the torch.
Sitting councilwoman Debra March has been eyeing the position more than a year.
March was appointed to City Council in 2009 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015. She served as mayor pro tem from July 2015 to June 2016 and is focusing her campaign on continual economic development.
Six other — mostly familiar — names are also on the ballot, including longtime city worker Rick Workman and Crystal Hendrickson, a regular attendee of City Council meetings. Both advocate for transparency in local government.
Meanwhile, in Ward 3, Councilman John Marz is looking to fend off two challengers. Businesswoman and longtime PTA volunteer Carrie Cox and Matthew DeFalco, an Army veteran and outspoken City Council critic, are looking to unseat Marz.
In the race for Henderson’s Municipal Court, Department 3, incumbent Rodney T. Burr was the only one to file for the race. He took over the position left by Judge Diana Hampton, who died last year. Burr is declared elected because there is no opposition.
The primary is April 4. Any candidate who gets more than 50 percent of the vote is declared the winner that day. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters face off in a general election on June 13. Early voting starts Saturday and runs through March 31.
NOTE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Debra March would be the first non-Mormon mayor of Henderson. Robert A. Groesbeck served as the city’s last non-Mormon mayor from 1993-1997, according to city spokesman Keith Paul.
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