Tarkanian replaces recalled councilwoman

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* Thursday, January 27, 2005
* Tarkanian replaces recalled councilwoman
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — The wife of former basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian won a
City Council seat in a special election that turned out an indicted
first-term councilwoman. Lois Tarkanian, a former three-term Clark
County school trustee, drew almost 42 percent of the 6,902 votes cast in
Tuesday’s recall of City Council ward representative Janet Moncrief.
Tarkanian, 70, will be sworn in Feb. 2 to fill the remaining two years
of Moncrief’s term. “I’m going to try very hard to be as effective as I
can be,” Tarkanian said. Moncrief, a registered nurse and political
novice, drew about 30 percent of the vote. She faces campaign finance
charges stemming from her June 2003 election. An advocate for the
disabled placed third in the recall vote. Jerry Tarkanian coached at
UNLV and Fresno State before retiring in 2002.