Las Vegas city councilor Cedric Crear said Thursday he would be the next mayor in three years and start a fundraiser for one of the most iconic elected seats in Nevada.
“As a native Las Vegas American, born and raised on historic Westside, it would be an honor and a privilege to run the largest city in America,” he wrote in an email to supporters.
Crear, a former city planner and regent of the Nevada System of Higher Education, joined the council in 2018. He emerged victorious in a special election to extend the remaining term of ex-Councilor Ricki Barlow, who resigned and pleaded guilty to wire fraud abuse of campaign funds.
Crear, 51, won a re-election offer in 2019.
“At the end of the day you have to get into office and prove yourself, and you have to show what kind of leader you will be,” said Crear over the phone. “I did that.”
His mayoral platform will cover public safety, homelessness and workforce development.
His accomplishments include the creation of a comprehensive blueprint for the growth of the disinvested historic west side, a job creation initiative called Ward 5 Works, and an upcoming $ 6.9 million workforce training center below among other things to improve the quality of life in the district he represents.
Ward 5 includes a portion of downtown, Symphony Park, and west Las Vegas. With a population of around 103,000, according to the city, almost two thirds of the people living in the district are of Spanish or black descent.
Although his early entry into the Mayor’s Race comes more than three years before Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s third and final term in 2024, the decision comes as no surprise. Crear, who said people had asked him to run since 2018, even admitted in his announcement that he was merely confirming “what many of you have known for a while”.
He said he has not yet spoken to Goodman about his decision, despite having a good relationship with the mayor, whom he has known since his youth.
Crear also rejected comments from a potential challenger on Thursday. Las Vegas councilor Michele Fiore, who criticized Crear last year for allegedly racist comments, responded to a post on Twitter that read, “Can only hope (Fiore) is there too.”
“I’ll be kicking Crears A ** in the Mayoral Race,” Fiore replied, although it is unclear whether she actually wants to run. “Mayor Fiore sounds pretty darn good to me.”
Fiore could not be reached for comment on Thursday. But Crear insisted he will be more qualified than anyone else who chooses to race, and he was brief when asked to respond to Fiore’s post.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t follow that.”
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