Suzette LaGrange decided a while back she’d love to get on the Las Vegas City Council. After all, I am confident all those big developer and real estate clients of hers at Colliers International would love to have their will pushed from within the council.
That’s what she’s been doing for the past decade anyway. As a member of the board of directors and vice chair of government affairs for the Southern Nevada Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) she has been a voice for investors and developers. Essentially, she’s been a lobbyist.
On a side note, during her tenure with NAIOP, they supported a plan that would include toll roads on the 95. They lobbied the government for this plan. Now think about that… first I don’t want to pay any tolls, and second I don’t think that’s good for the tourism industry that we rely on heavily here in Las Vegas. Point being, real estate investors and developers don’t always think about the best interests of the entire community or even other important industries. Las Vegas needs representation for everyone, not just one sector.
Yet when her opponent City Councilman Steve Ross pointed out the above facts to voters, Suzette Lagrange went ballistic. In typical politician style, she tried to silence her opposition, and deny the truth and the facts. More things we don’t need at city hall.
First on Facebook she has the nerve to call Steve Ross “dishonest” and then proceeds to deny any connection to the toll roads or even that she had ever been a lobbyist – an outright lie.Click to enlarge
“Lobbying on behalf of issues for NAIOP is among the duties of board members according to the group’s website.” Benjamin Spillman Las Vegas Review Journal
UPDATE: Here’s video of Suzette LaGrange actually lobbying before the City Council. What were you saying Suzette?
Then she has the brass to send Steve Ross a cease and desist letter which Jon Ralston published here.
Instead of laying out all the ways she’s totally wrong, you can read Steve Ross’s attorney make a complete breakdown of how Suzette LaGrange is misrepresenting the truth here (also featured on Ralston’s blog).
Now, Steve Ross is a Democrat and Suzette Lagrange is a Republican. But no matter what your party affiliation might be, remember the city has done a great job despite one of the most horrible recessions in American history (particularly in Nevada). Downtown is developing into something amazing. The city’s budget is solvent, and issues have been resolved that have satisfied all parties, whether the employees, unions, management, the tax payer, etc. Steve Ross has been at the helm during this time. He represents all of us, with leadership we can trust.
Suzette LaGrange has already demonstrated her style of leadership with her dishonesty and use of legal threats to silence speech. Her history lobbying for the big real estate developers and investors does not reflect the type of background and connections the public at large would like to see on the city council. The city council must serve as a check against those powers. They are the last line of defense against mischievous development, shady land deals, and keeping buildings safe for people.
This race may not go past the primary on April 2nd, if one of the candidates gets over 50% of the vote. Early voting goes through Friday, and Election Day is next Tuesday. Please go out and vote. Every vote counts in these low turnout elections.