weather icon Clear

Dennis Hof remains on November ballot

Nevada legal brothel owner and Assembly candidate for District 36 Dennis Hof, who shook the political stage in Nye County and potentially across the state and nation, some might argue, with his win during the 2018 primaries, died Tuesday.

Hof’s battle to be victorious in the general election, however, will not cease.

Hof, who was 72 at the time of his death, will remain on the November ballot with the potential for him to be elected. Should that occur, the vacancy will need to be filled.

Under state law, the county commissions of three counties that sit, partially or fully, in District 36, would work to appoint another Republican to the seat, Nye, Clark and Lincoln counties, through a process laid out in the state statute, according to information from the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office sent to a reporter from the Pahrump Valley Times.

Nevada law also prescribes that signs be posted at polling locations where Hof is on the ballot, to notify voters of his death on Election Day, Nov. 6. Ballots for the general election have already been printed. Early voting starts Saturday, Oct. 20.

Democratic candidate Lesia Romanov, who is also on the ballot for District 36, was “stunned” by the news, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“This is not anything that I would have ever guessed would happen,” Romanov said in a Tuesday report in the Review-Journal. “My heart goes out to those who care about him. Just a crazy turn of events. Wow. All I can say is wow.”

Speculation on who might take Hof’s spot has been circulating since the announcement of his death.

The Times reached out to Assemblyman James Oscarson, who currently holds the seat in District 36, but he did not return phone calls to the publication on Tuesday. Hof defeated Oscarson in the June primary.

Oscarson did speak with the Times’ affiliate publication, the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“Our thoughts go out to his family and his friends,” Oscarson said Tuesday, adding that it’s too soon to speculate about the future of the Assembly seat, the Review-Journal report stated. “I think it’s very premature to even think or talk about that. People need to have a chance to grieve and mourn.”

Contact reporter Jeffrey Meehan at jmeehan@pvtimes.com

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
State’s initial unemployment claims increase 18.3% in week

Finalized data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation shows initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled 18,390 for the week ending July 25, up 2,842 claims or 18.3%, compared to last week’s total of 15,548 claims. This is the fifth straight week of increases in regular initial claims.

Cooperative extension, 4H in Nye County continue to move forward amid COVID-19

Officials with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension provided the Nye County Commission with a quarterly report regarding its operations and its budget for the next 12 months, which includes county-provided funding, during the commission’s July 21 meeting.

IRS proposes regulations for small business accounting

The Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations at the end of July to adopt simplified tax accounting rules for small businesses under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Nevada Health Response notes COVID-19 cases exceed 52,000

COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage and Deputy Administrator of Community Health Services Julia Peek provided the update during a teleconference designed to disseminate information on outbreak statistics. The Nevada Health Response website can be accessed 24 hours a day.

IN SEASON: Okra, a southern favorite for your western garden

Okra may be considered a staple crop in the American South, but it also grows very well in our hot dry climate. As a member of the mallow family, it puts on a stunning display of delicate yellow flowers.

Special legislative session scheduled to open Friday

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday issued the formal proclamation to call the Nevada Legislature into a special session beginning 9 a.m. Friday, July 31 to address significant policy issues that cannot wait until the regularly scheduled legislative session. This will be the 32nd special session in Nevada’s history.

Report chronicles massive decline in fish populations

With hydroelectric power, overfishing, climate change and pollution on the rise, monitored populations of migratory freshwater fish species have plummeted by 76% on average since 1970, according to the first comprehensive global report on the status of freshwater migratory fish issued this week by the World Fish Migration Foundation and Zoological Society of London.

AngloGold Ashanti gains exploration project permit

The administrator of the Division of Environmental Protection has decided to issue a reclamation permit for an exploration project to AngloGold Ashanti North America.