Demos buck trend in Clark County races

The Republican tide that swept across the nation and much of Nevada failed to catch on Tuesday in Clark County, where three Democratic county commissioners and all other county elected officials appeared to be heading toward re-election over any GOP challengers.

The outcome would keep Clark County with a full slate of Democrats in elected posts, from the seven-member County Commission to lower profile offices.

Incumbent Chris Giunchigliani, up for a third term, had the strongest lead with 61 percent of the vote, with 75 percent of precincts reporting, about 9:30 p.m. She was facing Republican Joe Thibodeau.

Commissioner Susan Brager had 49.7 percent of the vote, while Republican challenger Mitchell T. Tracy has 44.4 percent, according to initial returns from almost 58 percent of precincts. Third-party candidates picked up the balance.

Commissioner Mary Beth Scow had 51.1 percent of the vote while Republican challenger Cindy Lake had 48.9 percent, according to partial returns from almost 66 percent of precincts.

In the district attorney’s race, Steve Wolfson, the incumbent Democrat, easily outdistanced long-shot Libertarian candidate Raymond James “Jim” Duensing, picking up 72.5 percent of the vote with almost 66 percent of precincts counted. Wolfson faced no GOP opponent.

County Assessor Michele W. Shafe, a Democrat without any GOP opponent, was widely outrunning two third-party candidates: Libertarian Tim Hagan and Independent American Party candidate Brad Barnhill.

In the county clerk’s race, Democrat Lynn Goya held a slim lead with 51.7 percent of the vote against Republican William Hols in an open race, with almost 66 percent of the precincts reporting.

In the county recorder’s race, incumbent Democrat Debbie Conway had 49 percent of the vote, enough to pull away from Republican Don Hotchkiss, who had 44.6 percent of the vote, according to partial returns. Two third-party candidates, Libertarian Douglas “Tractor”Johnson, and Independent American Party Shannon C. Maclean took the balance of the votes in that four-way race.

In the county treasurer’s race, incumbent Laura Fitzpatrick led with 56.4 percent of the vote against Republican Mike Javornicky, according to partial returns.

In the public administrator’s race, incumbent John J. Cahill led with 53.3 percent of the vote against Republican Ed Klapproth, according to partial returns.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Ben Botkin at or 702-387-2904. Find him on Twitter: @BenBotkin1.

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