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Hafen appointed to replace Hof in Nevada Assembly District 36

Gregory Hafen II, the general manager of Pahrump Utility Co. Inc., was appointed to fill the vacant Assembly District 36 on Friday in a joint meeting of three county commissions, Nye County spokesman Arnold Knightly said.

Hafen, who was separately nominated this week by each county commission, will assume the seat won posthumously last month by brothel owner Dennis Hof.

The district spans Clark, Nye and Lincoln counties, although the majority of precincts fall in Nye.

The decision follows a Nye County resident’s unsuccessful effort to seek a preliminary injunction to push the appointment until next month, when two new Nye County commissioners are sworn in. A hearing in the matter is scheduled Dec. 19, but it is unclear what judicial relief remains.

A similar complaint was filed in Clark County District Court.

Meanwhile, two other vacant Assembly seats also need to be filled.

Former District 10 Assemblyman Chris Brooks was appointed by the Clark County Commission on Tuesday to the state Senate 3 seat vacated when Tick Segerblom was elected to the commission last month.

Olivia Diaz, who was elected last month, resigned from the Assembly District 11 seat Monday because she plans to run for Las Vegas City Council next year.

Clark County is accepting applications through noon Monday to fill the seats and will make appointments at a future meeting.

Contact Shea Johnson at sjohnson@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0272. Follow @Shea_LVRJ on Twitter.

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