Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 | 2 a.m.
Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen plans to announce his re-election plans at an event Monday evening, but a billboard in the city may have already tipped his hand.
A release sent out Friday afternoon notes Hafen will conduct a news conference at 5 p.m. Monday at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water St., to announce his plans.
Hafen’s campaign has already gotten a start on spreading the word with a redesigned website and a billboard near U.S. 95 and Horizon Drive touting his re-election bid.
Prior to his election as mayor in 2010, Hafen was a city council member for 22 years. A graduate of Basic High School and UNLV, he was also a Metro Police officer for more than two decades.
“We have accomplished much, but there is more to do,” Hafen said in a statement. “It is very gratifying to see that the people of Henderson, which is the true strength of our community, have bought into the idea of smart growth that pursues a balance between expanding existing businesses, developing new businesses, and preserving the character and family-friendly environment of our neighborhoods. If we continue on this path, the best days for Henderson are still ahead.”
Henderson municipal elections are nonpartisan. The primary is scheduled for April 2, and the general election will be on June 4.
During Hafen’s mayoral tenure, Henderson has battled shrinking budgets and cuts to staff and services but has not raised property taxes. Hafen has led the city as it courts major developments, including the multibillion-dollar Union Village health project, amid other attempts to boost the economy.