When David Lopez decided to run for the Las Vegas City Council against former longtime Nevada lawmaker Bob Coffin, and current ward 3 city councilman, he knew it wouldn’t be easy. “I have never been deterred by the prospects of fighting an uphill battle or losing. I know what Bob raises before and after the primaries but I’m not discouraged. I’m in it to win it.” Lopez, a former student senator appointed by Bob Coffin in 2007, and former city park commissioner, is no stranger to local or state politics. His involvement in past elections as a canvasser, campaign outreach, phone banker, and legislative exposure has made an impact on his current ambitions. Lopez pinpoints a 3rd grade field trip in 2000 to city hall that served as the “impetus” to serve his city. “Much of what I do now and did in the last 11 years, has certainly taught me a lot and has inspired me to follow in the footsteps of those who mentored me and surrounded me.” I am not ashamed about running against my current city councilman. He’s a friend of mine, I’ve worked for him in the past, and I have the fullest respect for him. I am not here to tarnish or impugn his prior years in office. I solely intend to compare and contrast our differences and approaches to the issues. Whether it’s homelessness, squatters, or police accountability, there’s areas where we can hit a home run.”
Coffin is currently towards the end of his second term on the council. Due to imposed term limits, he can only seek one more term in the spring of 2019. Coffin served in the legislature beginning in 1983 and has served in elected office ever since. “I intend to keep this election clean and respectable, however I am not shy to say that we can do better on the council” Lopez said. Bob has served the public with dignity for several decades now, but I think it’s time for a fresh face. I’ve been an advocate for the city, and ever since I was a very young man, I’ve held the future of our city in focus. An elected official’s duties are to represent, listen, consider, act and be present at all functions. We must give every taxpayer the biggest bang for their buck.”
Ward 3 is the city’s easternmost ward with over half of residents making less than 32k per year. I’m cognizant of the struggles in our ward. That is why I will be networking closely with the business community. I will make it my priority to help support our businesses through incentives such as the Downtown Business Assistance Program or (DBAP) which offers up to $25,000 financial reimbursement for those who will invest in our community by purchasing rundown or vacant commercial properties. “I plan to push for further growth and prosperity to our low-income areas located in ward 3 by the use of New Market Tax Credits. This will lead to cheaper financing costs to developers and offer up to a 20% coverage in construction costs.” These are things we can do now, and I’m looking forward in helping our small businesses and residents.”
Lopez, perhaps one of the youngest politicians in recent Nevada history suggests “one must be energetic and passionate about the people he represents. “We need people that are ready to hit the ground running and eager to get involved. I believe it is time for the city to have a youthful but experienced official who will open up new channels of communication between himself and his constituents.” The VegasNewspaper publication has recently learned through the Review Journal that Coffin has not decided whether he will or not seek re-election next year. When asked what would happen if Coffin retired, as has been the possibility, Lopez simply suggests “I’m in it to win it. Regardless of who’s in the race, I am willing and ready to face whomever enters the race.”
“I am very much looking forward to this year. I am even more excited because I am working to plant seeds in the minds of all those young people I have addressed in recent years. My legacy isn’t going to be based on the outcome of this election, but by the impact and inspiration I have given others to serve and be civically engaged. One day when I’m retired and gone, someone must continue the efforts that I strived so hard during my tenure in office. Las Vegas is our home, and we must be fully invested in the fruits of our labor. For the last 11 years, I have worked to restore faith and pragmatism in local government. To establish the fact that everyone’s voice does count and this city belongs to the people not a select few politicians” Lopez said.