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April 16, 2014

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Field for Las Vegas mayor grows to four

The field of candidates for Las Vegas mayor has grown more crowded with two recent entries.

Katherine "Katie" Duncan, president of Las Vegas' Green Chamber of Commerce, will kick off her mayoral campaign Thursday at TSS Grill inside the Aruba Hotel.

Marlene Rogoff, a local realtor, announced earlier this month she will run for the job.

Duncan and Rogoff join Larry Brown, a Clark County commissioner, and Steve Ross, a Las Vegas councilman, in trying to replace outgoing Mayor Oscar Goodman. The wildly popular Goodman can't run for a fourth term because of term limits.

Duncan hopes to use her environmental and business background to encourage development and job growth in the city.

"We're moving toward a green-collar economy," she said. "There are so many areas the mayor can advocate for - educating people about the need to fix up their buildings, partnering the city's resources with state and federal resources, releasing us of the municipal codes that are standing in the way of us becoming more efficient."

Duncan said she'd also like to build on Goodman's progress developing downtown Las Vegas by expanding efforts to the other side of the Union Pacific railway line.

If she won, Duncan would be Las Vegas' first African American mayor.

Rogoff, who ran unsuccessfully for a city council seat in 2005, appears to be taking a more lighthearted approach to her campaign.

On her web site, she lists vodka as her favorite drink and vows to promote equal opportunity "by not only taking Showgirls with her to promote tourism, but also taking some of the dancers from the Chippendales Type Shows as well."

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