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Isaac Barron has big lead to winning North Las Vegas City Council seat

Updated April 4, 2017 - 10:13 pm

Isaac Barron easily won another term on the North Las Vegas City Council.

As of Wednesday morning, Barron had 81.68 percent of the ballots cast in the Ward 1 race in Tuesday’s primary election. His challenger, Hector Rivera, finished with 18.32 percent of the vote.

“It’s a very happy day, if the voters accept me for another four years or they send me on my way,” Barron said before the polls closed Tuesday. “But I‘m hoping they’ll think I deserve another four years.”

Barron has been serving as a city councilman since 2013. He was the first Latino to be elected to the council. Last year, Barron’s colleagues selected him to serve as mayor pro tem when Mayor John Lee travels.

During a March event at the Latin Chamber of Commerce, Barron said he would work to make vulnerable residents feel safe.

When asked by phone last week whether he was referring to making North Las Vegas a sanctuary city, Barron said, “We’re going to be taking some steps to protect all our residents. We have the backing of our police chief. People will be protected.”

Rivera worked for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. He previously worked with the group For Our Future, a political action committee aiming to elect Democratic candidates.

“No matter what, I’m going to continue to work with the community,” Rivera said Tuesday evening after spending election day canvassing. “To stand up for the working person and immigrants and single moms, and people who are underrepresented.”

Contact Brooke Wanser at bwanser@reviewjournal.com. Follow @Bwanser_LVRJ on Twitter.

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