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Tyrone Thompson selected to replace Brooks in District 17

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Updated: 4/16/2013 6:56 pm
LAS VEGAS -- After the ouster of Assemblyman Steven Brooks, Assembly District 17 has been without representation until now.

News 3's Denise Rosch has more on who's headed to Carson City.

The County Commission had 7 applicants to choose from. There were more, but several interested parties dropped out.

The board gave each candidate three minutes to make their case. Some spoke of their experience, others talked about strong ties to the community.

This appointment became necessary when Assemblyman Brooks was expelled from the legislature last month.

Although the session is now more than half way through, the county commission is bound by law to pick a replacment.

In the end the commission selected Tyrone Thompson, who currently serves on the Southern Nevada Planning Coalition.

"Well I'm excited. Unfortunate for the circumstances of why we had to have the appointment, but again very committed to the community and I'm looking forward to going to Carson City and doing the best I can," Thompson said. "Have to be that quick study that I know that I am, and I think I'm going to be a really good team player."

Thompson says he isn't sure yet whether he'll run for the seat once this legislative session is over. One thing is certain however, he's getting right to work. He plans to be in Carson City, Monday

Brooks was expelled from the Assembly March 28 after fellow lawmakers testified that they didn't feel safe with him in the legislative building. He was arrested twice and hospitalized for a mental evaluation before the move, and arrested again in California hours after the expulsion.

Other applicants for the seat include Glynn Coleman, Michelle Jotz, Michael Kelly, Mujahid Ramadan, William Robinson II, Kelly Thomas and Brandon Casutt.


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