On a rainy Tuesday morning, followed by a caravan of reporters, Las Vegas Mayor pro tem Stavros Anthony made his entrance into the office of the Las Vegas City Clerk to make official his decision of running for the top post in the city.
Up to now Anthony has been holding the second post as the right hand person to the mayor, Carolyn Goodman, who also announced her intention of running for re-election.
“To lead the city of Las Vegas as mayor takes a unique understanding of two things: first, having a vision for how the city can move confidently forward and meet the needs of its residents in the years ahead; and secondly, how these needs will be addressed in each individual neighborhood for those who live throughout Las Vegas in our six wards,” Anthony said. “For Las Vegas residents, they want their tax dollars working for them and their families to improve their quality of life.”
Anthony was first elected to the City Council representing Ward 4 June 2, 2009, and won his 2013 re-election campaign with a resounding 76 percent of the vote.
He is betting that his solid record of not supporting public money being invested in private projects, and his highly visible position of non-support for the controversial soccer stadium will resonate with a voting public that is seeking a mayoral candidate that will work to protect tax dollars.
“What the residents don’t want is their tax dollars being used for funding privately-owned projects,” said Anthony. “There are so many projects and improvements we could be funding with our tax dollars, improving the quality of life for all Las Vegans. What we shouldn’t pay for is a project that puts tax dollars at risk, and worse yet, can only be used if you pay to get in.”
“The community is upset with two key aspects of the stadium deal; first, the commitment of tax dollars, and second, City Council members not voting in favor of placing the issue on the June ballot for the public vote. The public has been ignored and they want to have a say in this decision.”
Councilman Anthony, a Las Vegas resident for 30 years and a retired high ranking officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, has upheld his campaign promise from his first election in 2009, to not support spending tax dollars on public projects. He was a ‘no’ vote on the City Hall project and the Mob Museum.
He was elected in 2002 to a four-year term as a regent with the Nevada System of Higher Education, and was re-elected to a six-year term on the board in 2006.
Along with his experience in the realm of public safety, Councilman Anthony also brings an education background to the City Council.
As chairman of the Board of Regents, Anthony led the way in developing a master plan, system goals and a value statement.
Anthony’s contribution to and support of Councilman Bob Beers’ battle to place the signature-gathering result regarding the stadium (let the people decide by getting it on the June ballet) up against the taxpayers’ money to build the stadium, proved his interest in doing the right thing for the citizens of Las Vegas.
Anthony, during an appearance on the radio show Face The Tribune, explained that he is not against the stadium as long as it is built by private investors, but refused to support any and all proposals using taxpayers’ money.
During the press conference at City Hall he vowed to return the $30 million taken for the stadium back to the people.