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Booth holds lead in council race

Updated November 11, 2022 - 2:47 pm

Boulder City is poised to see three new faces on the City Council later this month as Cokie Booth was leading the hotly contested race for the open seat as of mid-day Friday, according to the latest results released by the Clark County Elections Department at 6:12 p.m. Thursday.

Booth had 3,675 votes, or 51 percent, and incumbent James Howard Adams had 3,524 votes or 48.9 percent.

With results not final, Booth was hesitant to comment on the outcome but posted a message to her supporters on Facebook.

“Running for City Council has been such a humbling experience. I feel so humbled and blessed to have earned your vote. I love Boulder City and the people, thank you, thank you, thank you.”

“We will wait until the last ballot is cast, and I don’t know which way the mail-in will take it,” said Adams. “No matter how it turns out, I’m proud of the work on the I did on council and on the campaign trail.”

City Clerk Tami McKay reported that 2,309 people voted on Election Day and that 2,761 mail-in ballots had been received in time to be counted by Wednesday morning.

Early voting saw 2,476 people cast their ballots in Boulder City and 194,721 countywide during the entire two-week period.

In comparison, 1,169 ballots were cast during early voting for the June primary, with 5,159 total votes in the race that saw Sen. Joe Hardy elected mayor and Steve Walton elected to council.

Results were mixed for the three local questions on the ballot.

The first question, should the city sell 16.3 acres of city-owned land specifically for development of a grocery store and related retail uses, with proceeds being used for capital improvement fund needs, appears to have failed with 4,224 no votes, or 55.5 percent and 3,381 yes votes, or 44.4 percent.

The second question, should the city allow clean-energy technologies within the Eldorado Valley, appears to have passed with 3,855 yes votes, or 51.1 percent, and 3,681 no votes, or 48.8 percent.

The third question, should the city spend as much as $7 million for public safety facility improvements, including building a new police station and training area at the fire station, appears to have failed with 4.174 no votes, or 54.9 percent, and 3,418 yes votes or 45 percent.

One of the three local residents seeking state and county offices appears to have won their race.

Boulder City resident and Democrat Lynn Goya received 315,464 votes, or 52.1 percent, in her quest to retain the Clark County Clerk seat against Republican Bill Young, who received 290,032 votes, or 47.9 percent.

Democrat Brent Foutz and Libertarian Brandon Mills, who both sought the District 20 Senate seat, appear to have lost their bids with 23,542 votes, 35.1 percent, and 1,760 votes, or 2.6 percent, respectively. Republican Jeffrey Stone of Henderson was in the lead with 41,595 votes, or 62.1 percent.

Clark County Elections Department will continue to receive mail-in ballots through 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Results of the local election remain provisional until Nov. 18, when City Council members will gather for a special meeting to canvass the votes.

Hali Bernstein Saylor is editor of the Boulder City Review. She can be reached at hsaylor@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9523. Follow @HalisComment on Twitter.

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