It is a great pleasure to be a winner; our ego, our vanity and our satisfaction is so great that we cannot describe it with words, but we silently thank the Good Lord for listen to our prayers.
We humbly accept the fact that four of the five candidates that the newspaper picked and endorsed won the election.
Even our endorsement of City Council Bob Beers we cannot consider a loss because we believe that we needed Bob Beers more than Bob Beers needed us, and we see the result of that race to be a sad reality — that it was the citizens of Las Vegas who lost and not necessarily the candidate.
Chief Judge Cedric Kerns did not need to go to the general election; he was sworn in at the Wednesday, May 3 City Council meeting, but it still counts as one of our endorsees, as well as City Council Stavros Anthony, who won the election outright during the primary election.
Judge-elect Cara Campbell, another Las Vegas Tribune endorsee, who became the winner in the judicial race for Municipal Court Department 3. Defeating Judge Heidi Almase, who unfortunately chose to have a federally illegal marijuana salesman for a campaign manager, David Thomas; who is dragging his wife, District Court Judge Nancy Allf, along to benefit from the drug business, then dropped her when he was not able to raise money for his client’s race. And the dark horse of our endorsements, City Council-elect Michele Fiore, who is not allowed by her friend and most likely spokesperson, Lisa Mayo DeRiso, to accept or even acknowledge our support or our endorsement; we do still count her among our five choices for our June 13 election results.
We do not support or endorse candidates that are on our side; we support and endorse candidates that deserve our support and endorsement, regardless of whether they are allowed to communicate with this newspaper or not. Michele Fiore, as well as Stavros Anthony, and maybe even Bob Beers, were our choices because they were/are the right candidates; they are the right public officials to serve the Las Vegas community because they are dedicated not only to their constituents but to the whole city and perhaps the entire state of Nevada, even if their “happy bad-check-writing fugitive” campaign manager for Anthony, spokesperson for Beers, and who-knows-what for Fiore, has prohibited them from accepting our honest and sincere endorsements. We are satisfied with our decision and we are happy for their winning and success as much as we are sad and disappointed over the loss of the one we considered the most honest and dedicated public servant and realize that we are not alone in that. Every one we have talked to agreed with us and share the same opinion about Bob Beers.
We would like to wish each and every one of them good luck in this new setting of their life and pray to the Good Lord to give them the wisdom to fulfill their respective positions with the same decency and integrity they have used prior to this part of their lives. We hope they do not let us down nor those who place their trust in them by giving them the vote that seats them in their respective positions. We hope they give us the opportunity to be as proud of them at the end of their term as we are today. We at Las Vegas Tribune believe that the city will be well served with them in these positions and wish them lots of good luck.
During our eighteen years of publishing the Las Vegas Tribune, we have built a reputation that follows us from day one: We are obnoxious; We are straightforward; We are a pain in the neck; We are sometime rude, but We always tell the truth and take responsibility for our actions. We are always honest and responsible and nothing is going to change us from the straight line we have drawn for ourselves since we opened this newspaper and subsequently our radio station. Being like this has created some enemies for us; but regardless of how few our enemies are, they all agree that we are honest and some even express some respect for us because we have the best interests of our community at heart.
We are happy to be how we are; we are pleased with our decisions, and we are at peace with our way of being and our way of treating each and every one of the people we deal with. We are the Las Vegas Tribune Team.