Two new faces joined the city of Las Vegas council’s meeting Wednesday.
After a swearing-in ceremony — where smiles and photos abounded — newly elected Councilwomen Francis Allen-Palenske and Nancy Brune became part of the seven-member council.
Brune, founder and former director of the Guinn Center research and policy think tank, represents Ward 6 in the Centennial Hills area. She replaces former Councilwoman Michele Fiore, who ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer this year.
Allen-Palenske, a former two-term Nevada assemblywoman and businesswoman, represents Ward 4 in the west valley. She replaces former Councilman Stavros Anthony, who was elected in November as lieutenant governor.
The two new members are part of a deeply diverse council, which now includes five women, a Black man and a gay man.
North Las Vegas on Wednesday was set to inaugurate Mayor-elect Pamela Goynes-Brown. The veteran councilwoman will become Nevada’s first Black mayor.