Today is the last day residents will be able to throw their hats into the ring for this year’s first ever election for the Laughlin Town Advisory Board. So far, seven people have formally filed the necessary paperwork to put their name on the ballot. Laughlin is the only unincorporated township in Clark County to have more candidates running for office than there are seats available.
All five seats on the town board will be up for election. As of Thursday, the only incumbent to file for a new term is Kathy Ochs. She and the other four members of the current town board were appointed to their positions by the Clark County Commission in 2014. A change in state law took the selection process away from county commissioners and gave it to residents in all townships outside the Las Vegas Valley.
In 2015, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 115, which sailed through the Republican-controlled Nevada legislature with little opposition. SB115, which was introduced and championed by State Senator Joe Hardy, (R-Boulder City), whose district includes Laughlin, requires all town advisory board positions for townships located more than 25 miles from an incorporated city that has a population of more than 500,000 be elected positions.
In addition to Ochs, those seeking a seat on the Laughlin Town Advisory Board include: Laughlin Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) president Jim Maniaci, real estate agent Gina Mackey, David Brunelle, Bruce Henry, Martin Knauss and Noreen McBride.
While Laughlin has the most candidates running for its town board, Searchlight has the least. So far, only one person, Kyle Myers, has filed for one of the five seats on the Searchlight Town Advisory Board. If no one else files, the four remaining seats will be appointed by the county commission.
Those interested in running for a seat on either the Laughlin or Searchlight Town Advisory Boards have until Friday to file their paperwork at the Clark County Registrar of Voters office in Las Vegas. There are no fees to file and the position is open to any registered voter that has lived in Laughlin at least 30 days prior to the filing deadline.