No results yet for the NSHE Board of Regents

Heather Brown, left, Karl Catarata and Jeanine Dakduk, candidates for Board of Regents District ...

It was too early to tell Tuesday night who was leading in races for the Nevada System of Higher Education’s 13-member Board of Regents.

Results included mail ballots received and counted by the county leading up to Tuesday’s election, as well as in-person votes cast during early voting and on Election Day. Mail ballots postmarked by Tuesday and received by the county through Saturday will continue to be counted, and may affect election results.

As of 10:15 p.m., 13 of the 125 Clark County vote centers were reporting.

Four candidates were seeking the District 6 seat: Heather Brown, former chief of staff for Young Democrats of America; UNLV student Karl Catarata; consultant Jeanine Dakduk; and Brandin Manwill.

Preliminary results showed Brown leading with about 46 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Patrick Carter, who was elected in 2016, didn’t run for re-election.

In District 7, former Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager; UNLV master’s degree student Hieu Le; real estate broker David “Coach” Crete; neurosurgeon Dr. Aury Nagy; and publicist and ordained minister M.J. Ivy were seeking to replace incumbent Dr. Mark Doubrava, who couldn’t seek re-election because of term limits.

Brager was leading with about 42 percent of the vote.

For the District 13 seat, incumbent John Moran — an attorney who was elected to the board in 2016 — faced challengers Stephanie Goodman, an advertising executive and former daughter-in-law of two Las Vegas mayors; and Jennifer Bandiero.

Preliminary results showed that Moran and Goodman each had about 41 percent of the vote.

The election comes at a crucial time for the system, which has faced recent turmoil.

Chancellor Melody Rose — who started on the job in 2020 — filed a hostile work environment complaint in fall 2021 naming Board of Regents Chair Cathy McAdoo and Carter, who was vice chair.

McAdoo and Carter temporarily stepped down from their leadership roles while a third-party investigation was underway.

The investigation determined there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support Rose’s claims of a sex-based hostile work environment.

In April, the Board of Regents voted 9-4 to accept Rose’s resignation and award her $610,000 in severance pay. Last week, the board appointed former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga as acting chancellor.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Julie Wootton-Greener at jgreener@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2921. Follow @julieswootton on Twitter.