Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004 | 2:39 a.m.
A retired certified public accountant and a retired pool builder with previous legislative experience square off in the Assembly District 15 Republican primary.
The winner, either Bob Anderson or Lou Toomin, will face Democratic incumbent Kathy McClain, who is unopposed in the primary in a district that has about 3,300 more registered Democrats than Republicans.
Anderson, 57, a CPA who served 19 years as an executive at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, primarily with the Thomas & Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium, is running on a platform of tort reform for medical malpractice and legislation to address the nursing shortage.
Anderson, an Army veteran with a bachelor's degree in business administration from UNLV, also wants to improve the performance of public schools and to reduce or eliminate some new taxes.
Anderson, a local resident since 1967, is treasurer of the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association and his pets include six desert tortoises.
Toomin, 69, served in the Assembly as a Democrat in 1992, but in the mid-1990s became a Republican. He also was an Assembly candidate in 1994 and has made several bids for the Nevada Senate.
An Air Force veteran who was owner of Monterey Pools for 13 years, Toomin served as the charter treasurer for Temple Beth Am and was a member of the Citizens Committee for Mass Transit.
He is running on a platform that includes lowering taxes and placing a 6 percent cap on property taxes.
District 15 is generally bounded by East Sahara, Harmon, Eastern avenues and Nellis Boulevard.