Richard Cherchio, Pete Shields to vie for North Las Vegas seat

Eddie Escobedo takes a selfie with Councilman Richard Cherchio with Mary Valadez at Cherchio‘s watch party for his re-election to Ward 4 for the North Las Vegas City Council at his campaign office in North Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Escobedo and Valadez did Hispanic outreach for Cherchio‘s campaign. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Cherchio (Kevin Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)George Warner, candidate for Ward 4 for North Las Vegas City Council, speaks to the Review-Journal at his home where friends and family attended a watch party in Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Guymon, field director for George Warner‘s campaign for for Ward 4 for North Las Vegas City Council, left, speaks to North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee at Warner‘s home where friends and family attended a watch party in Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Warner, 12, left, and Hannah Warner, 15, at the watch party for their grandfather George Warner for Ward 4 for North Las Vegas City Council at his home where friends and family attended a watch party in Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. His grandchildren went door-to-door to help his campaign. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Las Vegas Mayor John Lee speaks to George Warner, candidate for Ward 4 for North Las Vegas City Council, at Warner‘s home where friends and family attended a watch party in Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) and family of Councilman Richard Cherchio watch results come in for his re-election to Ward 4 of the North Las Vegas City Council at the campaign office in North Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) at the watch party for Councilman Richard Cherchio‘s re-election campaign to Ward 4 of the North Las Vegas City Council at the campaign office in North Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Manager Dennis Walters watches results at the watch party for Councilman Richard Cherchio‘s re-election to Ward 4 for the North Las Vegas City Council at his campaign office in North Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Manager Dennis Walters watches results at the watch party for Councilman Richard Cherchio‘s re-election to Ward 4 for the North Las Vegas City Council at his campaign office in North Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Escobedo takes a photo of Councilman Richard Cherchio with Mary Valadez at Cherchio‘s watch party for his re-election to Ward 4 for the North Las Vegas City Council at his campaign office in North Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Escobedo and Valadez did Hispanic outreach for Cherchio‘s campaign. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Richard Cherchio, left, speaks to Eddie Escobedo next to Mary Valadez at Cherchio‘s watch party for his re-election to Ward 4 for the North Las Vegas City Council at his campaign office in North Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Escobedo and Valadez did Hispanic outreach for Cherchio‘s campaign. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Richard Cherchio hugs Mary Valadez at a watch party for his re-election to Ward 4 for the North Las Vegas City Council at his campaign office in North Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Valadez did Hispanic outreach for Cherchio‘s campaign. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Pamela Goynes-Brown smiles with her husband Romero Brown as they look at results after winning her reelection to Ward 2 for the North Las Vegas City Council at their home in North Las Vegas, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

North Las Vegas Ward 4 incumbent councilman Richard Cherchio will face longtime businessman Pete Shields in the general municipal election on June 11.

With all vote centers reporting, Cherchio received nearly 46 percent of the vote. Shields trailed at about 21 percent of the vote.

“The results are the results,” Cherchio said. “Actually, it was good, looking at the amount of people that were running in this race. I think we were very strong.”

Cherchio faced five challengers to his Ward 4 seat, including planning commissioner George Warner, who had the support of Mayor John Lee. Warner received only about 15 percent of the vote Tuesday night.

Shields could not be reached for comment after all the votes came in.

The other candidates — Dawn Rierson, Lamont Riley and Zachary Robbins — received about 18 percent of the vote combined.

Leading into election day, Lee’s PAC sent out mailers attacking Cherchio for taking credit in the city’s economic rebound. Lee has said the credit should go to Wade Wagner, who beat Cherchio by a single vote in 2011.

Cherchio served two years on the council after being appointed in 2009. After losing in 2011, he won the seat back in 2015.

This is not the first time Lee has tried to oust a member of the North Las Vegas City Council. In 2017, his support of Scott Black helped propel Black to victory over two-term incumbent Anita Wood.

Ward 2

Incumbent Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown had a commanding win over challenger Christopher Burns.

Goynes-Brown received about 85 percent of the vote.

“It just shows that the work that we’ve done paid off,” she said. “We hit the ground running from day one and didn’t stop, didn’t look back, and hard work pays off.”

Goynes-Brown was first elected in 2011 and is the first black woman elected to represent Ward 2. She also serves as mayor pro-tem, a largely ceremonial role that allows her to fill in for Lee when he is unavailable.

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