Three incumbents will try to keep their seats in Henderson election

Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen formally announced his re-election bid Monday, although the news came as no surprise to anyone who has noticed his campaign signs around the city.

“We have accomplished so much, and our people are so inspiring,” Hafen told dozens of supporters at the Henderson Convention Center. “I want to see us go even further. I’m not done. There’s more to accomplish.”

The mayor’s seat is one of three that will appear on the ballot in Henderson’s municipal election this year. The others are the City Council seat for Ward 3, held by John Marz, and the Department 1 seat in Municipal Court, held by Mark Stevens.

Campaign signs indicate that Stevens plans to seek re-election, and Marz confirmed Monday that he, too, will try to keep his seat.

The City Council appointed Marz a year ago to the seat vacated by embattled Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion. At the time Marz said, “I absolutely am not going to run.”

By making that commitment, Hafen said at the time, Marz opened the door for an open election that would give voters the chance to choose without giving an appointee the advantages that come with incumbency.

On Monday, Marz said he had no intention to run for the seat when he made his promise a year ago. In the past couple of months, however, several people have approached him and persuaded him to change his mind, he said.

“They felt that I had done a good job and that the council was running smoothly,” said Marz, a marketing consultant.

Marz represents Ward 3, which includes Green Valley, but anyone in the city can vote in his race.

The candidate filing period for the Henderson election is Jan. 22 through Jan. 31. The primary election is scheduled for April 2, and early voting starts March 16.

Hafen began serving on the City Council in 1987. He was narrowly elected mayor in 2009.

Contact reporter Carri Geer Thevenot at cgeer@reviewjournal.com or 702-384-8710.

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