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Former state senator enters North Las Vegas mayoral race

Concerned about the city’s current path, North Las Vegas mayoral candidate former state Sen. John Lee said he anticipates this campaign will be a “very hard-fought race.”

Lee, 57, is one of three challengers whom incumbent Mayor Shari Buck will face in the April 2 primary election. The general election will be June 4. The filing period closed Friday.

Lee and Buck will face Mike Hunter , a teacher at Mojave High School, and Sharon Belger , a self-employed consultant.

With the mayoral race, two City Council seats are up including Ward 1 and Ward 3. Each position is nonpartisan and lasts four years.

Ward 1 Councilman Robert Eliason reaches his 12th year on council this year, which means the seat is open.

Four candidates have filed to run for Ward 1, including Legacy High School teacher Jared Hardy, 38; Clark County School District support staff member Juan Martinez ; tow truck driver Jeffrey Eggeman ; and Rancho High School teacher Isaac Eloy Barron, 43.

Hardy’s father, Warren Brent Hardy, served on the City Council from 1986 to 1993.

Unlike her challengers, Ward 3 Councilwoman Anita Wood, 49, does not have an additional occupation and is a full-time council member.

Janice Ridondo, 52, is running against Wood. She is a liaison with Clark County and a town board liaison for Sunrise Manor, Moapa and Bunkerville.

The other candidate is Tony Gales , CEO of Skool Bandz.

The mayor earns $47,889.14 a year, and council members earn $41,826.98.

Contact Centennial and North Las Vegas View reporter Laura Phelps at lphelps@viewnews.com or 702-477-3839.

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