By Eric Martin
Las Vegas Optic
When he ran for mayor in East Las Vegas in 1968, Alfred Nelson figured he didn’t have much of a chance of winning.
Part of his platform was the consolidation of East and West Las Vegas, and he figured that his controversial support for the merger would be enough to tank his mayoral aspirations.
Those fears proved to be unfounded.
On Feb. 27, 1968, voters of both East and West Las Vegas overwhelmingly gave their blessing to the merger. A week later, Nelson was elected mayor of East Las Vegas.