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12 seek appointment to Assembly seat in Las Vegas

A dozen applicants are seeking an appointment to the vacant Nevada Assembly District 37 seat, coming from diverse backgrounds that include careers in law, state government and law enforcement.

Clark County commissioners on Tuesday will appoint someone to the seat, which opened up when Wesley Duncan resigned for a job as the chief assistant for Attorney General-elect Adam Laxalt.

The deadline to apply ended Thursday.

Applicants include William Cimo, a tax lien investor and gaming expert; Brian Malcolm Patchett, president and chief executive officer of Easter Seals Nevada; Chris Meservey, a Clark County School District teacher;Aretta “Betty” Rumford, a former office management service business owner; Stanley Parry, an attorney with the law firm Ballard Spahr; and Jearld Hafen, a retired state police officer and former director of the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

Rob Lauer, a businessman who ran on the GOP ticket unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2010 against Ross Miller, is also applying.

Rene Cantu Jr., executive director of Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates Inc., is also applying. Cantu was tapped in July 2012 to fill a vacancy on the Clark County School Board for the remainder of that year.

Other applicants include Brian Hardy, an attorney with the law firm of Marquis Aurbach Coffing; Glenn Trowbridge, a retired director of the Clark County Parks and Recreation Department; Charles Harvey, former administrator of the Nevada Taxicab Authority; and Donald Graham, a Las Vegas police sergeant.

By law the commission must appoint a Republican, which is Duncan’s party.

The new legislator will serve out the remainder of Duncan’s term, when expires in 2016.

Contact Ben Botkin at bbotkin@reviewjournal.com or 702-405-9781. Find him on Twitter: @BenBotkin1.

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