Two more can­di­dates for LV City Coun­cil emerge in Wards 1, 3

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA & THE WEST - By Shea John­son Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal

A for­mer Assem­bly can­di­date and a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher are the lat­est to de­clare in­ten­tions to run for the Las Ve­gas City Coun­cil with less than two weeks be­fore the can­di­date fil­ing pe­riod opens.

Jesse “Jake” Holder said he will be a can­di­date for the Ward 1 seat. Aaron Bautista plans to throw his hat into the Ward 3 ring.

Mayor Pro Tem Lois Tarka­nian is term-lim­ited in Ward 1, home to the city’s grow­ing Med­i­cal District, while Coun­cil­man Bob Cof­fin has said he will not seek re-elec­tion in Ward 3, en­com­pass­ing down­town. The fil­ing pe­riod for can­di­dates is Jan. 22 through Feb. 1.

“I re­ally want to fo­cus on cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment for the city so that we can have thriv­ing busi­nesses with­out ex­ces­sive reg­u­la­tions or taxes,” Holder said.

A part-owner of a com­mer­cial mar­i­juana busi­ness, Holder de­scribed him­self as a for­mer Navy lieu­tenant com­man­der who has the abil­ity to find com­pro­mise on the seven-mem­ber board. He said the ar­row is point­ing up for Las Ve­gas, but he cited home­less­ness as a

dis­rupt­ing force that the city should treat com­pas­sion­ately and with ex­ist­ing re­sources.

“I think it’s a dis­grace to our city, or any ma­jor city, to have the amount of home­less peo­ple that we have,” he said.

Holder, 55, has lived in the ward for the past five years and the Las Ve­gas area for 15. He un­suc­cess­fully pur­sued the Assem­bly District 10 seat by ap­point­ment last month and by elec­tion in 2014, when he was de­clared in­el­i­gi­ble prior to the gen­eral elec­tion af­ter his op­po­nent chal­lenged his res­i­dency.

Holder still ap­peared on the bal­lot — it was too late to change — and lost by 68 votes. He said Wed­nes­day that he “ab­so­lutely lived in that district,” but that his lawyer sim­ply failed to sub­mit sub­stan­ti­at­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion to the courts.

He sug­gested a non­par­ti­san coun­cil race may be a bet­ter fit be­cause, even though a Demo­crat, his val­ues match tenets of both ma­jor par­ties.

Bautista, a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher at Legacy Tra­di­tional

School, North Val­ley, said he was gal­va­nized to seek of­fice as a life­long res­i­dent of the district.

“I’ve seen where changes need to hap­pen, and I want to help make them hap­pen,” he said.

Bautista, 35, de­scribed a qual­ity of life that he has seen plateau while the pop­u­la­tion has boomed, say­ing in­fra­struc­ture, jobs and home­less­ness were is­sues to tar­get. Hav­ing per­formed home­less out­reach with

the social ser­vices non­profit Help of South­ern Ne­vada, he said he was in tune with the stake­hold­ers who can help the city form needed com­mu­nity part­ner­ships.

He added that in nearly four years of teach­ing, he wit­nessed par­ents fall on hard times, in­clud­ing one who rou­tinely missed par­ent-teacher con­fer­ences due to work­ing two jobs.

“You’re hear­ing about how fam­i­lies are be­ing af­fected by the econ­omy,” he said, con­clud­ing the time was right for “some fresher minds” on the coun­cil.

The Ward 5 seat, oc­cu­pied by Coun­cil­man Cedric Crear, and Mayor Car­olyn Good­man’s seat are also up for grabs. Both are seek­ing re-elec­tion. The pri­mary elec­tion is April 2, and the gen­eral elec­tion is June 11.

Con­tact Shea John­son at sjohn­[email protected]­viewjour­ or 702-383-0272. Fol­low @SHEA_LVRJ on Twit­ter.

Jesse “Jake” Holder

Aaron Bautista

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