If Holt maintains his lead, early returns suggest he’ll likely be joined by fellow Democrat Temple Lentz who secured a strong lead over incumbent Republican Clark County Councilor Jeanne Stewart.
The initial vote count shows Lentz with 18,779 votes, or 60.59 percent of the vote. Stewart had 12,217 votes, or 39.41 percent of the vote.
Lentz’s lead suggests that the five-member council will have its first elected Democrat since the home rule charter was enacted in 2015.
“I’m very pleased with these results,” said Lentz. However, she said she was reluctant to declare victory just yet.
In the council’s District 2 race, Councilor Julie Olson captured a commanding lead over fellow Republican Elisabeth Veneman, who challenged the incumbent for what she characterized as her insufficiently conservative positions.
According to the initial count, Olson had 26,211 votes or 78.26 percent of the vote. Veneman had just 7,283 votes, or 21.74 percent.