LAS VEGAS, NV – Cedric Crear is the newest member of the Las Vegas City Council. Crear won the special election for the council’s vacant Ward 5 position by receiving 627 votes in the eleven-way race.
The special election didn’t drive voters to the polls. Just six percent (2,320) of the 35,809 registered voters in Ward 5 took part. Crear’s 627 votes made up 27 percent of the vote.
Crear edged out Harvey Munford (402 votes), and Shondra Summers-Armstrong (394 votes) as the next two highest vote getters.
About half of the 2,320 total votes were cast on Tuesday’s election day (1,123). Early voting on March 22 and 23 turned out 849 voters and 348 people mailed in their vote.
On the early voting days, 423 people voted on March 22 and 426 voted on March 23. Of the three early voting locations, 483 people voted at the Las Vegas Athletic Club on Rainbow, 312 voted at the Doolittle Community Center, and 54 people voted at the city clerk’s office.
Crear will fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of former councilman Ricki Barlow, who pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge in February after resigning from the position in January. Barlow admitted that he used funds from his 2015 reelection campaign as his own.
Crear has served on the Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education since 2006, representing District 1 in Clark County. He was also appointed to the Las Vegas Planning Commission by Barlow in 2015.
He had a message for his supporters after the results came in Tuesday night.
"Thank you so much Ward 5. I’ humbled by your support," the councilman elect tweeted.
The results of the Ward 5 special election wil lbe canvassed on April 4 and Crear will be sworn in on April 18.
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