public debates, to not answer questions, and even to not agree to appear on RadioTribune to discuss what he could do for this community if elected, is and has been “unavailable” as a sheriff candidate. One can only imagine how available he would be as a sheriff.
Logically, if someone wanted to check on which candidate is most qualified to lead the men and women of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department into the future — and to best secure the safety of this community and all of Clark County — they would want to take a look at the background of each candidate.
Looking at Lombardo’s background (not as “revealed” on his website, but from his absence at events and from his reluctance to answer questions or even “show up” in public places), we discover a man who is hiding behind closed doors (hence the nickname “ghost” candidate), is known to be meeting with casino owners (to what end?), and who has dumped almost two million dollars in his bank account for his campaign; is it possible that he has been making promises he cannot
Lombardo has been, and still is, the undersheriff, collecting his salary from taxpayer’s money while campaigning for the higher office that his current boss has “reserved” for him.
On the other hand, there is Larry Burns, a field police officer that was on the job covering the streets of Las Vegas until his last day in office, when he retired to run for the post of sheriff because he believes the men and women in the department deserve a better administration.
Even the police union that represents the rank and file of the department is on Larry Burns’ side because they can see the difference he would make. For many people, this may not mean a lot because they may not be aware that the police union has always maintained a very cozy and close relationship with the administration, which determined the outcome of any police officer’s future if said officer was involved in some breaking of a department rule or regulation. For the union to take the side of Larry Burns is very significant to us and to our community and we believe that Burns deserves that honor.
Larry Burns is everywhere. In the Black community, he has earned the respect and admiration of both the very well-known and the lesser-known in that community while he was the commander in charge of Bolden station, covering the historical west side section of Las Vegas predominately known as the Black community.
He has been very active in the Hispanic community as well because he speaks their language. Despite the Latin Chamber of Commerce’s endorsement of Burns’ opponent, many members of the Latin Chamber individually have expressed their preference and liking for Burns and have vowed to vote for him as their next sheriff.
Burns is planning to be a sheriff for the community; just last Friday while visiting the Las Vegas Tribune office to meet with the newspaper administration, he said that he will take a special interest in meeting with members of the Latino community where he can get firsthand knowledge of their concerns and their problems.
During an interview on Miguel Barrientos’ talk show, “Hoy in Las Vegas” (Today in Las Vegas) on KRLV a few weeks ago, Burns handled a great part of the interview in Spanish and vowed to be accessible to all communities as the need arises.
Larry Burns is a candidate for the people, and promises to be a sheriff for the community at large; we see that as distinctly
different from being a “ghost candidate” and a would-be sheriff for the Strip.