For the first time during election season, Sam Bateman and Mike Mayberry had the same idea — to celebrate with supporters, friends and family members while they waited for the results from the June 7 general elections.
Even though both celebrated the end of a long campaign, it was Bateman who was victorious, obtaining 63.24 percent, or 8,330 votes.
“We have been working hard,” Bateman said. “I’m just glad the hard work paid off. I think there was a clear choice for Henderson. There are huge differences between me and my opponent.”
Bateman is a 33-year-old prosecutor for Clark County and is a member of the Henderson Planning Commission. Mayberry, 58, is a former Henderson police chief.
“He ran a good race,” Bateman said. “He was a great public servant, and I wish him the best.”
Mayberry received 36.76 percent, or 4,843 votes.
According to the city clerk’s office, 13,192 people voted out of about 125,000 registered voters. Of that, 3,753 voted on June 7, and 7,186 cast a ballot through early voting.
Each party had between 30 and 50 people at any given time .
Mayor Andy Hafen and Councilwoman Kathleen Boutin, who had previously endorsed Mayberry, were among those at his campaign party.
Councilwomen Debra March and Gerri Schroder, who remained neutral during the race, stopped by Bateman’s celebration to say congratulations.
Councilman Steve Kirk, whom Bateman is replacing because of term limits, also was there.
“He has some big shoes to fill,” Kirk said jokingly while giving Bateman a pat on the back.
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