Election lineup complete for Henderson, Boulder City

The fields are now set for the municipal elections in Henderson and Boulder City, and only one race is guaranteed to be settled during the primary.

A total of 14 candidates filed to run for three available seats on the Henderson City Council. Six of those hopefuls are set to square off in a single race: Ward 4, where Steve Kirk is being forced out by term limits after 12 years on the council.

Kirk has endorsed Henderson Planning Commission Chairman Sam Bateman as his replacement, but other seasoned candidates include former Police Chief Michael Mayberry and former City Councilman Ron Hubel, who served for one term in the mid-1980s.

Rounding out the Ward 4 field are Merrill Lynch financial adviser John Brislin; real estate broker and two-time Chicago City Council candidate Joseph Simmons; and Bobby Rastifard, who filed Thursday with the nickname "Home Saver."

Incumbent City Councilwoman Gerri Schroder will face four challengers in her bid for a second four-year term in Ward 1.

Arguably, her most serious competition will come from Las Vegas police officer Thomas Wagner, who ran in Ward 2 in 2007 and came within 85 votes of upsetting then City Councilman Andy Hafen.

When Hafen was elected mayor in 2009, Wagner was one of 14 candidates for appointment to the Ward 2 seat that eventually went to Debra March.

Also running in Ward 1 are Ray Mollinado; Edward "The Frugal" Hamilton; and 25-year-old pizza delivery driver Samuel Cohoon, who hopes to bring out the youth vote.

March will face a pair of challengers as she tries for an elected, four-year extension to her two-year appointment in Ward 2.

Former city construction manager John Simmons has been campaigning hard for March’s job since the fall.

Kevinn Donovan, who ran unsuccessfully for state Assembly as a Democrat last year, filed to run in Ward 2 earlier this week. He also sought appointment to the Ward 2 seat in 2009.

It looked as if Henderson Municipal Court Judge Diana Hampton might go unopposed in her bid for a second, six-year term in Department 3, but she drew a challenger just before the filing period ended: William W. Waters, a Nevada attorney since 2005 who works for the Clark County public defender’s office.

In Boulder City, one-term incumbent Mayor Roger Tobler will face two challengers: City Councilwoman Linda Strickland and Zachary Scott Inman, a handyman known around the city as "Zach of All Trades."

Strickland was targeted by a recall effort after her first year on the council, but Secretary of State Ross Miller ruled that petitioners failed to collect enough signatures to force a special election.

A court later reversed Miller’s ruling, but last year the Nevada Supreme Court reversed the reversal.

With Strickland’s run for mayor and incumbent City Councilman Travis Chandler’s decision not to seek a second term, Boulder City is now assured of having two new faces on the council later this year.

Six candidates have filed to run for those two open seats. They are Lynn Goya, Linda Graham, Peggy Leavitt, Rose Ann Rabiola Miele, Sherman Rattner and Rod Woodbury.

Goya ran as a Democrat for the state Assembly last year but lost to Cresent Hardy, a Republican from Mesquite.

Rabiola Miele served as the city’s spokeswoman until her job was recently eliminated by budget cuts.

Rattner is one of city government’s most outspoken critics and made headlines several years ago with a plan to sell off more than 100,000 acres of vacant land the city owns. He then wanted to share the proceeds with each city resident, potentially making everyone in town a millionaire.

Woodbury is an attorney and the son of longtime Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury.

The mayor of Boulder City makes $13,894 a year, and council members make $11,211 a year with some limited benefits.

Henderson City Council members are paid $44,288 a year plus benefits.

Municipal judges in Henderson receive an annual salary of $137,867 plus benefits.

Candidates for city offices in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas have until the close of business today to file their paperwork.

The primary election will be April 5. In races in which no candidate achieves a majority, the top two finishers will compete in the general election June 7.

Contact reporter Henry Brean at hbrean@reviewjournal .com or 702-383-0350.

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