Businesswoman joins growing field of Las Vegas mayoral candidates

The founder of a local chamber of commerce is jumping into the Las Vegas mayoral race.

Katherine Duncan, 55, is the fourth declared candidate vying for the post that Mayor Oscar Goodman is leaving in 2011.

Duncan established the Ward 5 Chamber of Commerce that morphed into the Las Vegas Green Chamber of Commerce, which focuses on making buildings more energy efficient to attract new businesses.

"It's about getting our city out of poverty," Duncan said.

Duncan joins a growing field that Goodman predicts could reach 10 candidates. The others are City Councilman Steve Ross; Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown, who is also a former city councilman; and real estate agent Marlene Rogoff, who made an unsuccessful bid for City Council.

Duncan said she voted Republican her entire life until casting her ballot for Barack Obama in 2008. She said that if elected mayor she would try to work with both parties to foster economic growth and boost energy efficiency of businesses and homes. She said she owns a business that takes a holistic approach to retrofitting structures, improving utilities, communications, transportation. She would be careful to keep her political and professional work separate in this arena, she said.

"But I'm passionate about it," Duncan said.

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