Jan Laverty Jones
|Jan Laverty Jones|
|20th Mayor of Las Vegas|
July 1991 – June 8, 1999
|Preceded by||Ron Lurie|
|Succeeded by||Oscar Goodman|
|Born||Janis Lyle Laverty
March 16, 1949
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Fletcher Jones (divorced)
|Education||Stanford University (BA)|
Jan Laverty Jones (born Janis Lyle Laverty, later Blackhurst; March 16, 1949) is an American businesswoman and politician. She was mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada from 1991 to 1999 and the first woman to serve as mayor of Las Vegas. Jones is a member of the Democratic Party.
Jones was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from Stanford University in 1971. She became a recognized figure in Las Vegas in the 1980s, appearing as a spokeswoman in television commercials for her family's supermarket chain, Thriftimart, and later a car dealership owned by her then-husband, Fletcher Jones Jr.
In 1990, she ran for mayor; she was elected, and served two terms. Jones ran for Nevada governor twice, losing significantly in the Democratic primary to then-incumbent Bob Miller in 1994, and losing the general election in 1998 to Kenny Guinn. In 1999, she chose not to run for a third term as mayor.
Jones is currently senior vice president of communications and government affairs with Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corporation (formerly Harrah's Entertainment) and sits on the board of directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce.
She is married to her second husband, Dana Blackhurst, an education advocate for learning disabilities who has headed several schools over the years, including Camperdown Academy (Greenville, South Carolina), Pine Ridge School (Williston, Vermont) and The Chandler School (also Greenville, South Carolina), which he founded.
- Biography[permanent dead link], harrahs.com; accessed January 7, 2017.
- The Chandler School molded after its dyslexic creator, greenvilleonline.com; accessed January 7, 2017.
|Mayor of Las Vegas
|Party political offices|
|Democratic nominee for Governor of Nevada