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Las Vegas Mayor Goodman wins re-election

LAS VEGAS  --  Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman maintained a lead throughout the night and easily won the mayor's seat for a second term with 54 percent of the total vote.

"It's a wonderful night, for the future of our community. It's definitely a non-partisan move to go forward; we are not going to be in gridlock. It's all of us together, for our community, making it the best that it can be," Goodman said.

Precinct results started coming in shortly after 8 p.m. and by 9 p.m. Goodman already had 54 percent of the vote. Her main opponent, Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony was at 44 percent. All the precincts had reported by 9:45 p.m.  

Anthony called to concede the race just before 10 p.m.  He said he knew it would be tough going up against the Goodman name.

"Almost half the city was with me and they liked my message, so, I'm pretty happy with that. You're right though -- I got in late. I ran against the incumbent mayor, got outspent three to one, so it was a tough race, but I'm glad I gave the people a choice," Anthony said.

When Anthony was asked about going back to work for the woman he ran against, he said, "The election's over. I'm going to work with Carolyn and continue to make sure this is a great city. I'm going to represent my ward as I'm supposed to. Elections are rough. It's a contact sport, but when it's over, it's over; you move on, and you do what's good for the people."

Mayor Goodman said she doesn't harbor any hard feelings against Anthony.

The other two candidate in the race, Phil "LOL" Corey got two percent of the vote and Abdul Shabazz got less than one percent.

The failed soccer stadium bid was at the heart of a challenge to unseat Goodman.

Goodman backed a partly publicly-funded downtown soccer stadium. Anthony has argued it shouldn't involve millions in public funds. The deal ultimately failed. Goodman says she's focused on developing the downtown area left vacant by the failure of that deal.

Results also showed the majority of voters, 28,000, took part in early voting with only 18,000 going to the polls on Tuesday, according to the Clark County Election Department. Las Vegas had the best turnout of voters with 15 percent casting ballots. Only nine percent of registered voters cast a ballot in North Las Vegas.

Clark County Election Results

It was a good night for incumbents. 

Las Vegas City Council members Lois Tarkanian (80 percent), Bob Coffin (56 percent) and Ricki Barlow (68 percent) kept their seats. 

In Henderson, Gerri Schroder (58 percent), Debra March (59 percent) and Sam Bateman (51 percent) all won re-election.

In North Las Vegas, Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown garnered 63 percent of the vote against her three challengers. Councilman Richard Cherchio also kept his seat with 72 percent of the vote.

There was one municipal court judge race in Las Vegas. Judge Cynthia Leung won with 63 percent of the vote.

Carolyn Goodman
Stavros Anthony