The 2013 elections for the City of Las Vegas have abysmal turnout numbers. Yes people, there is a city council election going on right now for Las Vegas Ward 2! The race is between extreme partisan career politician Republican Bob Beers and successful private business owner and Democrat Fayyaz Raja (on ballot as F. Raja).
Bob Beers spent years in the Nevada legislature, so we all know what horrible things to expect from him. So who then is Raja?
Who is Fayyaz Raja?
If you look up “American Dream” in the dictionary, there should be a picture of Raja and his family.
Raja and his wife Kathy have lived in Ward 2 for over 30 years. During that time, Raja has graduated from UNLV with two degrees (one in hotel management and the other in political science), worked in the hotel casino industry, and ventured into his own business doing real estate investments.
When some of our top strip properties opened, Raja was trusted with the responsibility of making sure things went well. He was part of the opening management team for both the MGM Grand and Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino. He was also the opening general manager for The Chicago Brewing Co. in Las Vegas.
Raja’s involvement in the community is also noteworthy. Raja is a founding member of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration Alumni Association. He is a graduate of the Citizen’s Police Academy (Las Vegas Metro) and FBI Citizen’s Academy. Currently, Raja is an active member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Use of Force Review Board and also serves on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Citizens Review Board.
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley recently endorsed Raja, knowing he will be the best person for this job.
Early voting is going on now until Friday, and Election Day is next Tuesday, April 2nd. With the race down to Raja and Bob Beers, the winner on Tuesday will be our next councilman from Ward 2.
We at The Nevada View officially endorse Raja for city council, and hope you will go and vote for him, or tell your friends in Ward 2 to do so.
Justin is the publisher The Nevada View, which has earned the recognition in the Washington Post’s “Best State-Based Political Blogs,” as well as being awarded the “Most Valuable Blogger Award” by the local CBS affiliate in 2011. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee