Change was already in the air at Clark County, as two Commissioners will be termed out of office next year and another is contemplating a run for statewide office. When Mary Beth Scow announced her resignation from the Clark County Commission this morning, that signaled even greater changes ahead.
Why Is Mary Beth Scow Resigning?
In her resignation letter to Governor Brian Sandoval (R), Commissioner Mary Beth Scow cited her 89 year-old mother’s need for additional care. Scow addressed it again in a statement provided by Clark County. “I find that more and more often I have difficult decisions to make between serving my family and my constituents. […] Today, after much thought, prayer, counsel and personal evaluation, it’s with a heavy heart that I’ve reached this very difficult decision.”
From Henderson City Hall to local Democratic Party offices, even political insiders were surprised by Commissioner Scow’s decision to resign.
Who’s in the Running for District G?
Because Scow is resigning immediately, Governor Sandoval must appoint a replacement. Under state law, that replacement must be a Democrat.
Speculation has since turned to two former Henderson Mayors: Jim Gibson, who served as Mayor until 2007; and Andy Hafen, who termed out as Mayor this year. Other potential District G candidates to watch in the coming days include State Senator David Parks (D-Paradise), Assembly Member Ellen Spiegel (D-Henderson), and Henderson City Council Member Gerri Schroder. Though he is not eligible for appointment this year, State Senator Joe Hardy (R-Boulder City) has told The Nevada Independent he’s now considering a run for District G next year.
Why Clark County Is in for a Major Shake-up
Regardless of who Sandoval appoints to fill the remainder of Scow’s term, the District G seat will be up for election in 2018.
Commissioners Chris Giunchigliani and Susan Brager were already termed out going into next year. And if Commission Chair Steve Sisolak decides to run for Governor and wins, that’s another Commission seat that opens up. With Scow stepping down, Clark County residents will have at least three new County Commissioners by early 2019.