Las Vegas Ward 6 allegations still flying

Another day, another round of allegations slung by candidates in the Las Vegas Ward 6 City Council race.

Incumbent Steve Ross is seeking to fend off a challenge by planning commissioner Byron Goynes, who is on the ballot following a petition drive by the Committee to Recall Steve Ross, which wants to see Ross ousted.

The truncated, 20-day campaign started on Jan. 11 when Goynes, 51, whose day job is as the life, community and employment liaison for Workforce Connections, a state-sponsored employment agency, qualified for the ballot and has grown increasingly nasty as the Jan. 31 conclusion draws nearer.

On Thursday, the two sides traded barbs over a slew of allegations.

One allegation, originally raised Wednesday by the Goynes campaign, was that Ross, whose day job is executive director of the Southern Nevada Labor Management Cooperation Committee, a union-sponsored group that advocates for compliance with labor laws, somehow influenced elections officials to allow him to include inaccurate statements on the ballot, which includes the justification for the recall along with a rebuttal from Ross.

Goynes’ campaign said the statement that Goynes candidacy is at the behest of car dealer Joe Scala, an anti-Ross businessman who financed the recall effort but isn’t on record as a contributor to Goynes’ campaign.

Goynes called the statement on the ballot, "a clear violation of the intent" of the law covering recall elections.

But Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said oversight of the ballot wording falls under Article 2, Section 9 of the Nevada Constitution, and doesn’t require fact checking.

"No one in the law is held accountable for judging or making sure whatever is said in there is factual," Lomax said.

Goynes wasn’t the only one throwing mud in the race.

Ross’ campaign renewed its push to convince people that Scala is behind Goynes, despite a lack of contributions to Goynes’ campaign, by highlighting names of four people who worked on the recall and have since moved into Goynes’ campaign.

"The same people Joe Scala paid to run the recall effort are working for Byron Goynes," Ross’ campaign stated.

Steve Forsythe, Goynes’ campaign manager, has said he hired people from the recall because they already know the neighborhoods of Ward 6 by virtue of walking door-to-door gathering signatures in the area.

"He’s lied about relationships that don’t exist," Goynes said of Ross in a press release Wednesday.
Early voting in Ward 6 started today and runs through Friday. Election Day is Tuesday.

The salary for Ward 6 is $72,742, according to the city.

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