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North Las Vegas, Henderson voters go to polls Tuesday

Two races, two cities, and that’s all folks.

After primary municipal elections around the Las Vegas Valley in which most incumbents won re-election, only North Las Vegas and Henderson voters will go to the polls for Tuesday’s general election.

North Las Vegas is electing a City Council member in Ward 1 and Henderson is electing a Municipal Court judge in Department 1.

High school teachers Isaac Barron and Jared Hardy are running for the council.

The nonpartisan runoff comes eight weeks after Hardy escaped outright primary night 25-percent-to-45-percent defeat at the hands of Barron.

The newcomers vying for term-limited Councilman Robert Eliason’s seat haven’t sparred at debates or spent a lot of money mudslinging through campaign mailers.

In the city’s only other races, Anita Wood was handily re-elected to represent Ward 4 while sitting Mayor Shari Buck fell by a double-digit margins to former state Sen. John Lee, who was elected outright in the primary.

Tuesday’s winner will take office July 1. Council members are paid $41,826.98 a year. They serve four-year terms.

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax predicted a 10 percent turnout for this election, including more than 1,000 early ballots handed in since a two-week-long early voting period began May 15.

Deputy City Clerk Barbara Andolina expects early voters to represent around half of projected voter turnout, leaving an estimated 1,000 ballots to be tallied after the polls close.

Registered Ward 1 voters can cast their vote or drop off a mail-in ballot between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at one of a half dozen locations listed on the Clark County Elections Office website.

For more information on this election or directions to one of six polling places, visit www.clarkcountynv.gov or call the North Las Vegas City Clerk’s Office at 702-633-1030.

In Henderson, Municipal Judge Mark Stevens is being challenged by attorney Sandra Allred DiGiacomo.

The two were the top vote-getters in the primary — just 189 votes apart.

In the city’s two other races, Councilman John Marz and Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen retained their seats in the primary.

The campaigns have been low key, and have featured no debates.

Stevens, 50, was previously an attorney with the Marine Corps, a private attorney, a police officer and an attorney for the city of Henderson.

He ran for Department 1 in 2007 unopposed.

DiGiacomo, a 44-year-old Las Vegas native, is the chief district attorney with the Clark County district attorney’s office. Before joining the office in 1999, she worked as a private attorney.

She unsuccessfully ran for the Henderson justice of the peace in 2009.

Terms are six years and judges earn an annual salary of $137,867.

City officials said 5,100 residents voted early, and they’re hoping for more to show up Tuesday.

Voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at designated places in Henderson.

For more information about elections in Henderson, visit votehenderson.com.

Contact View reporter James DeHaven at jdehaven@viewnews.com or 702-477-3839. Contact View reporter Michael Lyle at mlyl@viewnews.com or 702-387-5201.

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