The race for Ward 6: Why is it so important?

LAS VEGAS - Half of Las Vegas' City Council seats are up for grabs this year, but it's the Ward 6 race that's getting the largest amount of attention this year.

The 10 candidates are vying for Steve Ross' seat, but there are only two emerging as frontrunners: Kelli Ross, Steve's wife, and former Assemblywoman Michele Fiore.

When Politics NOW asked Fiore whether or not the non-partisan Las Vegas City Council race is really party-free, she scoffed.

"The bottom line is it's me, and Ward 6, and a rural life, versus two progressive Democrats," Fiore said.
   
Fiore was one of the most conservative members of the Nevada Assembly when she was in office, and she wasn't afraid to make waves during her two terms in the legislature.
   
Fiore says her ward has been good to Republicans lately.

"Ward 6, it's not blue or purple, it is the sweet red spot in Clark County," according to Fiore.

And what she said may be true because the most recent public poll has Fiore with a nine-point lead over Kelli Ross.

Both Fiore and Ross consider police and fire protection a top priority, but beyond that, there is little the two women have in common politically.

"You can have those, such as you mentioned, trying to pull it to being a partisan race, but it doesn't take a certain party to take care of people's potholes," Ross said.

According to Ross, she's been very hands-on in Ward 6 ever since her husband won the seat nearly 12 years ago.  She says Fiore's involvement has been elsewhere.

"It's about having somebody that's sensible in office, not somebody that's more of a caricature, and that's what it takes," Ross said.
   
However, Fiore calls herself a fighter and says she's never tried to hide who she is.  According to the former Assemblywoman, her conservative record in Carson City will attract the votes she needs to win the primary on April 4.

"When you have progressive liberal snowflakes in the race with me, attacking me, it's because they're melting, their snowflakeness is melting away, and they have nothing to talk about for themselves," Fiore said.

"I am the only one qualified to run to be the next city councilperson, and I'm looking forward to being that," Ross said.

In the Las Vegas Municipal races, if a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, they will outright win the seat.  But if there isn't one candidate that wins a majority of the votes, the top two candidates move on to the general election in mid-June.

 


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