Speaking to a full house comprised of people at all levels of society, party affiliations, and other public officials, Mayor Goodman presented her and her husband’s dreams of making Las Vegas into a “world class city.”
A Democrat, first-term mayor, Carolyn Goodman has continued the enthusiasm of the former mayor, her husband, Oscar, as an energetic “band leader,” proving to be as dedicated, if not more, than her husband when it comes to new plans and innovative creations for the city of Las Vegas.
During her not-so-long speech, Mayor Goodman took time to compliment her city council team, mentioning some of the accomplishments of each council member.
Winning 60 percent of the vote, Carolyn G. Goodman became the mayor of the city of Las Vegas on July 6, 2011. Her husband of 50 years and 12-year, term-limited mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar B. Goodman, administered the oath of office. It is the only known instance of a spouse succeeding a spouse as mayor in the United States.
Recently Mayor Goodman announced her intention to run for reelection and had her first campaign fund-raising. Among her priorities as mayor, Carolyn has championed improvement in inner-city schools, pushing for early learning preschool programs, tutorials for ESL students and their parents, bringing together a coalition of public, private and nonprofit partners to participate in the achievement-based and measurable educational initiatives.
In a county in which all public education is controlled by an independently elected Board of Trustees and implemented by a superintendent, her role continues to be through the bully pulpit.
She received the 2009 Commitment to Education award from the United Way of Southern Nevada.