Two candidates throw hat in ring for sheriff job

At least two candidates have emerged in the race for Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie’s soon-to-be vacant job.

Perennial candidate Laurie Bisch, a Las Vegas police officer and a veteran of the last two sheriff’s races, confirmed Tuesday she would be making a third bid in 2014.

Robert “Bobby G” Gronauer, a retired Las Vegas police officer and former Las Vegas constable, also said he was entering the race.

“A new month brings a fresh perspective and new challenges. With this in mind we are excited and proud to announce that I will be a candidate for Sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department,” Gronauer wrote in a statement.

After more than a dozen successful years as as constable, Gronauer lost the election in a race against John Bonaventura in 2010.

Bisch finished third in the primary election against Gillespie in 2006. She garnered 35 percent of the vote in 2010, but lost again in a landslide to Gillespie, who outspent her 9-to-1 in the campaign.

She will likely be an underdog again. Department insiders expect recently retired former Assistant Sheriff Ted Moody to make a bid for the sheriff’s job, and more candidates with more police experience than Bisch, a patrol officer, are likely to come forward.

Bisch also ran against Lois Tarkanian for Las Vegas City Council in 2007. She lost to Tarkanian.

Gillespie unexpectly announced last week he would not seek a third term as sheriff.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at mblasky@reviewjournal.com. Follow @blasky on Twitter.