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Las Vegas mayor’s wife enters campaign

LAS VEGAS – Sin City’s martini-swilling, term-limited mayor might have found a loophole that could let him hang around Las Vegas City Hall for a few more years.

Banned from a fourth term, Oscar Goodman announced Wednesday that he will do everything in his power to ensure his wife, Carolyn, succeeds him as mayor.

It marked the first time the self-proclaimed “happiest mayor in the universe” has endorsed a candidate since entering city politics.

As Las Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman’s unbuttoned style attracted national attention and became a symbol of Sin City’s glitz and excess. At public events, he has often been found with a martini and an arm draped around the waist of a barely clad showgirl. He has worked to revive Las Vegas’ once decaying downtown and tried to lure a major sports team with promises of a state-of-the-art stadium.

Carolyn Goodman founded a private pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school in Las Vegas in 1984 and ran it until 2009.

Critics grumble that Carolyn Goodman’s candidacy all but ensures the family’s continued grip over City Hall. Oscar Goodman is, after all, a popular, well-connected former lawyer who garnered 84 percent of the vote in his final re-election bid in 2007. The couple sat side by side as Carolyn Goodman filed her campaign paperwork Wednesday.


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