Metro Chamber Endorses Candidates in Municipal Races

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of candidates in several local races for the city elections scheduled this spring.

The Chamber endorsed former State Senator John Lee for Mayor of North Las Vegas. Lee, also a small business owner and employer, would bring to the office a solid combination of public policy and business experience at a critical time when the city is still facing financial burdens. Additionally, as a former legislator and chairman of the Nevada State Senate Government Affairs Committee, Lee has a strong understanding of local government issues and their relationship to state government.

"As a small business owner who has created jobs, met payroll and operated within a budget, John Lee would bring a practical business perspective to addressing the important financial issues facing North Las Vegas. In the Chamber’s experience in working with him in the state legislature, we have found John to be an inclusive leader who proactively brings together interested parties, including the business community, to develop solutions to tough problems. We believe he will bring this same leadership style to the office of mayor," says Hugh Anderson, chairman of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC).

In addition, the Chamber endorsed Jared Hardy in the open Ward 1 seat and incumbent Anita Wood in Ward 3. This is the first municipal election since the merger of the Las Vegas and North Las Vegas chambers, giving the combined Metro Chamber an opportunity to weigh in on the important North Las Vegas city races.

In the City of Las Vegas council races, the Chamber endorsed incumbents Bob Beers (Ward 2), Stavros Anthony (Ward 4), and Steve Ross (Ward 6). The GAC pointed to the understanding of business issues and willingness to work with the business community in addressing public policy issues.

The Chamber chose not to endorse in City of Henderson races.

Endorsements are made by the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee. The GAC and Chamber staff meet with candidates, who were questioned on topics relating to the Chamber’s key local government policies priorities, including budget, business fees and services, business licensing, collective bargaining, employee contracts and policies that encourage job creation.

"The Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee was impressed by the quality of candidates in several races and their understanding of issues impacting the business community. As the races proceed, the Chamber looks forward to the candidates engaging in public policy dialogues, giving voters a clear understanding of their respective approaches to important local government challenges," says Anderson.