LAUGHLIN — The race for seats on the Laughlin Town Advisory Board is heating up as a collective of candidates called 1Board1Mission has launched a serious ground game across Laughlin.
The group consists of previous and current LTAB members who have banded together to form a coalition to fill the open seats on the board. Members of the group are Pam Walker, commander of American Legion Post 60 of Laughlin; Kathy Ochs, current LTAB vice chair; Herm Walker, current board member who was appointed to his seat in December by Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft; Kathleen Hoss, Elks Club Laughlin, American Legion Post 60, and other organizations; and Fred Doten, current chairman of the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Pam Walker, Hoss and Doten are former LTAB members.
The group banded together based on shared values and vision for the future of Laughlin and to make the LTAB an autonomous body independent of influences from other civic organizations in Laughlin, a charge that has hung over the heads of some of the current LTAB members who share membership in other civic groups in Laughlin.
LTAB Chair Gina Mackey and board member Jim Maniaci both have affiliation with the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation, which, some people have said wields an undue amount of influence over the LTAB. The 1Board1Mission bloc, in its stated mission, wishes to see that eliminated and the LTAB to be free from any such influences to act as a body on its own for the betterment of Laughlin.
One of the bloc’s main charters is opposing incorporation of Laughlin. The collective said it wishes to see Laughlin remain a township under the governance of Clark County, which provides a bulk of the services — such as law enforcement and fire protection — to the unincorporated