Andrew Feldman, who moved to town less than six years ago, prevailed over four other candidates in the race for the Ward 3 City Council seat.
Feldman, a Luna Community College professor, won with 321 votes, or 40 percent, with his nearest competitor, Max Trujillo, a real estate and insurance agent, getting 246 votes, or 31 percent. Joey Herrera, an employee for a Homeland Security contractor, received 166 votes, or 21 percent.
Highlands University professor Luis Ortiz and local businessman Henry A. Sanchez trailed far behind with 33 and 29 votes respectively.
Just two years ago, Feldman came in third behind City Councilman Tony Marquez and Herrera.
Over the last couple of years ago, Feldman’s name has been in the news repeatedly in his role as president of the Las Vegas Community Water Board. With his background in geology, with some courses in hydrology, he has said his expertise would be a plus for a city seeking more water supplies.
Under his leadership, the water board drafted a long-term water plan, arguing that the city didn’t have one. City officials insisted they had such a plan, but after a high-profile battle last year, the city finally enacted the board’s plans as its own — a move the board encouraged.
Feldman, who ran on the slogan of “Don’t waste your vote on business as usual,” started his campaign more than a year ago, far earlier than the other candidates.
On Wednesday night, Feldman thanked the voters for their support.
“I think Las Vegas was ready for a change, and the voters showed that at the polls,” he said.
He complimented his rivals for maintaining a civil tone in their campaigns. “I want to thank them for a good race,” he said.
He said water, natural gas and public safety would be among his top issues as councilman.
He said he can work with Mayor-elect Tony Marquez.
“This is a good change for Las Vegas,” he said. “We need to bring Las Vegas into the future.”
In Ward 2, Councilwoman Diane Moore ran unopposed.