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November 27, 2015

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Las Vegas mayoral hopeful George Harris to campaign at First Friday

Las Vegas mayoral candidate George Harris plans to campaign this evening at First Friday to make a statement against a city ordinance he says is unconstitutional.

The ordinance requires peddlers and solicitors to apply for a permit 30 days in advance of handing out any materials. The permit costs $150.

The mayoral primary election is in two months.

"This city ordinance violates the United States Constitution, as well as the principles of good government," Harris said. "Why would the city pass a law that interferes with voters gathering information about who they will vote to be our next mayor?"

But it's unclear whether the ordinance applies to political speech or materials. The law exempts charities and non-profit groups, including those working for patriotic ideals.

City spokesman Jace Radke said he was unfamiliar with the ordinance and could not clarify its provisions.

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