John Lee, the mayor of North Las Vegas, recently made a bold move by leaving the Democratic Party and joining the Republican Party. This decision was based on his belief that the Democratic Party has shifted towards socialism. Lee had been a conservative Democrat while serving in the Nevada Assembly and the State Senate. Lee founded The Meadows School in 1984, a non-profit college preparatory school in Las Vegas for students from preschool to twelfth grade.
He has always been a strong advocate for small businesses. North Las Vegas has been regressing due to budget and staff cuts and new developments. Judith Whitmer, the new president of the Nevada State Democratic Party, said that Lee has not been in tune with the party. On the other hand, Mayor Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas is a Democrat and has been an advocate for downtown development, the improvement of slum schools, the expansion of resources for the homeless, coordination among nonprofit service providers, the adoption of the tax credit for films in Nevada, and the creation of the UNLV medical district and medical school.
Meanwhile, Guillermo Chochi Senobua is now facing a drunk driving charge in the North Las Vegas Court of Justice in connection with an accident that occurred Friday morning in which a 5-year-old boy died.