Bob Beers (Las Vegas City Councilman)

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Robert T. "Bob" Beers represents City of Las Vegas Ward 2 on its City Council. He was a member of the Nevada Senate, representing Clark County District 6 (map) from 1999 to 2008. He previously served in the Nevada Assembly from 1999 to 2003. On January 31, 2014, Las Vegas Review Journal columnist John L. Smith broke the news that Beers had mailed 55,000 Nevadans an announcement that he would be run against Sen. Harry Reid's 2016 planned re-election. [1]

Professional history[edit]

A certified public accountant (CPA) since 1989, Beers founded Las Vegas computer accounting consultants Wilson, Beers & Alu in 1989, and sold it to a large local CPA firm in 2002. Currently, he is the managing member of Seale and Beers, CPAs.[2] He serves several business enterprises as a contract-based Chief Financial Officer.

Before becoming a Certified Public Accountant, Beers worked for radio broadcasting companies in Reno and Las Vegas as News Director. At KMJJ in 1982, he won "Best Miniseries" and "Best Newscast" awards from the Associated Press in the AP's Medium Market California-Nevada-Hawaii division.

Political history[edit]

In 1998, Beers was elected to the Nevada Assembly (Nevada's Legislature is part-time, meeting four months every two years). As Assemblyman representing District 4, Beers served in three regular and three special session. He was assigned to the Ways & Means, Commerce & Labor, and Elections, Procedures & Ethics committees of the Assembly.

In 2003, Beers led a one-third coterie of legislators in opposition to Governor Guinn's tax hikes, citing concerns that they might damage Nevada's economy. After several special sessions, Beers' voting block failed and the tax increases were passed. The following year Beers was elected to the Nevada Senate, defeating 20-year incumbent Republican Ray Rawson who had supported the increases.

Beers served in the Nevada Senate for the 2005 and 2007 Legislative sessions. He was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, where he mastered the complex state budget. He also served as a member of the Committees on Natural Resources and Legislative Operations.

In 2006, Beers and his supporters gathered over 150,000 signatures to put a TABOR-style amendment (called TASC for Tax And Spend Control) on the November 2006 general election ballot, which proposed that increases in spending greater than the sum of inflation and population growth require an affirmative vote of citizens. He ran for Governor that year, but finished second in a primary field of five to Congressman Jim Gibbons, who would go on to win the general election.

In 2008, Beers was defeated for re-election to the Nevada Senate by Democrat Allison Copening in a year of sweeping Democratic victories in Nevada. Some say the victories were driven by the popularity and campaign organization of Barack Obama while others contend the Nevada Democratic Party conducted a campaign of political slander.[3] Beers sued, and the Nevada Democratic Party made a payment and apology to settle out-of-court in 2010.[4]

In March 2012, Beers was elected to the Las Vegas City Council in a nine-way special election to fill the vacant seat of Councilman Steve Wolfson, who had been appointed Clark County District Attorney. He was elected to a full four-year term the next year, winning 76.3% of the vote.

Personal history[edit]

Beers moved to Las Vegas at age 11, graduating from Clark High School (with high honors) in 1977, and from UNLV (with distinction) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1987.

His community activities have included or include: volunteer treasurer for Southern Nevada Clean Communities and the Nevada Republican Party; president of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Expo; and President-elect for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Council. As a volunteer, he has created or maintained websites for over a dozen community organizations. He is a member of the Las Vegas Northwest Rotary Club, Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, U.S. Chess Federation, and the American Mining History Association.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John L. Smith. "Beers Gets Early Start Against Reid". Las Vegas Review Journal. Jan 31, 2014. Date Retrieved: Feb 9, 2014
  2. ^ Seale and Beers, CPAs "Seale and Beers, CPAs, website". Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  3. ^ Schumacher, Geoff "GEOFF SCHUMACHER: Beers is an unfair victim of Democratic dirty tricks". Las Vegas Review Journal. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  4. ^ Spillman, Benjamin "Democrats Settle Lawsuit, ex-senator says". Las Vegas Review Journal. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2012.

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