Mayor Pro-Tem, Stavros Anthony formally announced his candidacy for Mayor in the City of Las Vegas.
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% of the vote. He is betting 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.
“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.”
“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.”
Councilman Anthony, a Las Vegas resident for 30 years, 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.
“I have had many people encourage me to run; family, friends, constituents and colleagues.” added Anthony. “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 a the public vote. The public has been ignored and they want to have a say in this decision”.
Councilman Anthony is an educated leader having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1980, Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in 1987, and in 1999 he received his Ph.D. in Sociology from UNLV.
Anthony added, “From my first day in office, my number one job will be to see that our tax dollars are used to impact in a positive way the lives of families, from every ward of our city.”