Southern Nevada developer running for lieutenant governor
March 13, 2006
CARSON CITY (AP) – Southern Nevada real estate developer Bob Unger said Monday he has decided to run as a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.
“It’s the kind of job that fits the skills I have,” Unger, 54, developer of the Showcase Mall on the Las Vegas Strip, said in talking about his decision to get into the race after two other well-known Democrats dropped out.
Las Vegas businessman Steve Hill was an early contender for the post that the term-limited incumbent, Republican Lorraine Hunt, is vacating. But Hill, who raised about $650,000 for his campaign, dropped out last year.
Hill was followed by prominent Las Vegas lawyer John Moran Jr., who left the state Gaming Commission to run for lieutenant governor but then also backed out last year.
“This is certainly an opportunity,” said Unger. “There were some other good candidates. This is a level where I think I can help do something for the office.”
“I’m excited about the race the more I’ve been thinking about it,” Unger added. “I’m usually one to shy away from publicity, but it’s time to make things happen.”
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Unger plans a formal announcement later this week or next week to provide details of his plans if elected. It’s his first bid for elective office.
Besides his business ventures, Unger has been active in southern Nevada’s Jewish community and also served on the Henderson Planning Commission and on a redevelopment advisory panel for the city.
State Treasurer Brian Krolicki is the only declared Republican in the race, although Janet Moncrief, a former Las Vegas councilwoman who admitted to falsifying campaign finance reports and was recalled from office, is thinking about getting into the contest.
The lieutenant governor’s job is largely ceremonial and the position is part-time. The lieutenant governor promotes tourism and industry development, presides over the state Senate when it’s in session, and serves as acting governor when the governor is out of state.
Hunt, who will complete her second four-year term as lieutenant governor this year, now is running for governor.