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Prosecutor defeats retired police chief in Henderson council race

The prosecutor beat the ex-police chief in Henderson on Tuesday, as voters overwhelmingly picked Sam Bateman over Mike Mayberry in the race for City Council in Ward 4.

Bateman, who works for the Clark County district attorney’s office and serves on the Henderson Planning Commission, captured more than 63 percent of the vote to defeat Mayberry, who served as the city’s chief of police for more than five years.

“We feel so good because we worked so hard,” the 33-year-old Bateman said. “We started back in the fall of last year, and I’ve been knocking on doors since January.”

He will replace three-term Councilman Steve Kirk, who was kept off the ballot by term limits and wound up endorsing Bateman.

“I have big shoes to fill with Steve Kirk’s seat, and I have always appreciated his support,” Bateman said as he watched the results come in from a restaurant in Henderson.

Turnout was low in Nevada’s second-largest city, where about 13,200 — 11 percent — of roughly 125,500 registered voters cast ballots.

The Ward 4 race was the only contest on the general election ballot in Henderson, where City Council members must live in the area they represent but are elected at large.

Six candidates initially filed to run in Ward 4, but Bateman and Mayberry quickly emerged as the front-runners.

Shortly before the April 5 primary, Bateman targeted Mayberry in an attack ad that accused the former chief of scamming the retirement and disability systems.

Mayberry spent almost 30 years with the Henderson Police Department before stepping down because of heart problems in 2005.

In response to Bateman’s attacks, the 58-year-old said he is healthy enough to serve on the City Council but was forced to retire as police chief because his doctors told him he would die at his desk if he continued in that pressure-packed job.

Henderson City Council members are paid $44,288 a year plus benefits. Bateman will serve a four-year term.

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

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