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Misguided voter’s ballot leads to North Las Vegas victor’s wife

Las Vegas resident Greg Mich’l didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to cast a ballot in the contentious Ward 4 City Council race in North Las Vegas. He first had to register to vote.

As we now know, every vote counted in the race between incumbent Richard Cherchio and challenger Wade Wagner. Wagner defeated Cherchio on June 7 by a single ballot. The outcome was further complicated, Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax has stated in an affidavit, after a vote was cast improperly because of a pollworker’s error. Cherchio has sued to have the election overturned and a new vote ordered.

But it’s Mich’l’s vote that has me intrigued. When I interviewed him recently at his home on Villa Pintura Avenue several miles outside Ward 4, Mich’l admitted he wasn’t up on all the laws when he registered to vote using his brother’s address.

His brother Michael Mich’l’s house on Dover Glen Drive sits a short walk from candidate Wagner’s family home on Rising Circle, where 10 relatives are registered to vote.

According to the registrar’s office, Greg Mich’l officially registered to vote on April 25 . To do so, he had to sign his application under penalty of perjury. But the fact is, many folks make mistakes on their registration forms. Lomax confirmed that the Mich’l application was among the new voter registrations returned to his office in the Ward 4 race.

Who obtained the form used to register Greg Mich’l?

It was Rebecca Wagner, wife of newly elected Ward 4 City Councilman Wade Wagner. Lomax confirmed early Thursday that she picked up 100 voter registration applications in all. Not all were completed.

Although Wade Wagner has been quick to call his family off limits in this political skirmish, we now know Mich’l’s faulty voter registration was facilitated by the candidate’s wife.

Small world, don’t you think?

BENNY’S LEGACY: Much has been rightly written to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the colorful Railroad Pass hotel-casino. It was a favorite oasis for Hoover Dam workers, travelers and locals alike.

But last month also marked another important anniversary in local casino history. It has been 60 years since Benny Binion opened his Horseshoe Club in 1951 at 128 Fremont St. downtown. Although it flies under different ownership these days, the folks at TLC Casino Enterprises market Binion’s customer service philosophy — “Good food. Good whiskey. Good gamble” — and celebrate old Benny’s colorful legacy every day. They’ve even brought back the “$1 million display” to the venerable gambling hall.

Lester Ben “Benny” Binion died Dec. 25, 1989, but owner Terry Caudill and his crew have seen to it that his spirit remains alive down at the gambling hall that bears his name.

TURNING CARTWHEELS: The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s Camp Cartwheel had to be shortened a day because of lightning-related fires near Torino Ranch in Lovell Canyon, but that didn’t prevent the happy campers and their parents from celebrating during Sunday’s annual barbecue and yearbook-signing party at Goett Family Park in Southern Highlands. Food was provided by the employees of Montana Meat Company, Beanos Casino and Shucks.

It’s hard to tell who had more fun, the children or the small army of volunteer camp counselors. Jeff Gordon, president of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, likes to tell the story about a Camp Cartwheel visitor who was impressed by all the energy around the ranch.

“I don’t see any sick kids up here,” the visitor said.

“That’s the magic of Camp Cartwheel,” Gordon replied.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE: It’s an example of locals helping locals. Representatives of the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program on Thursday presented a $75,000 check to officials at Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada for use in the charity’s emergency assistance program.

Although Walmart is a corporate behemoth, its state charitable committees are filled with local employees of the discount stores. They know the area and its needs and steer their donations accordingly.

Candlelighters’ Emergency Assistance Program helps Southern Nevada families touched by childhood cancer pay for everything from monthly bills to travel expenses.

ON THE BOULEVARD: The search is intensifying for Michelle Le, the 26-year-old Hayward, Calif., nursing student who disappeared May 27 at Kaiser Hospital. Fliers are beginning to appear in Southern Nevada.

Authorities now consider her disappearance a homicide. For more information look at: michellemissing.com.

BOULEVARD II: So, former topless club mogul Rick Rizzolo lost his fancy Mercedes to lawyers for the Henry family. Well, big guy, there’s always the CAT Bus. … Can you believe Martini Mayor Oscar Goodman is only offered $60,000 to promote Las Vegas? That won’t cover his bar bill.

Have an item for the Bard of the Boulevard? Email comments and contributions to Smith@reviewjournal.com or call 702-383-0295. He also blogs at lvrj.com/blogs/smith.

 

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