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NevadaPrimary 04-04

‘Happiest mayor’ re-elected

Oscar Goodman, a former mob lawyer and self-proclaimed "happiest mayor in the world," breezed to a third term as mayor of Las Vegas.

The Democrat won 84 percent of Tuesday’s vote with all precincts reporting, easily avoiding a June run-off. His nearest competitor had just 2,170 votes to Goodman’s 26,845.

"I just pity anybody who gets in my way," Goodman joked. His personal goal had been to beat his record 86 percent victory in 2003.

Since his first election in 1999, Goodman has cultivated a popular, irreverent persona. He travels with a pair of showgirls and endorses Bombay Sapphire gin. He made headlines this year for teaching a class on how to make a martini at a local community college.

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Goodman has also gained critics over his efforts to address homelessness. Last year, the mayor and the City Council made it illegal to feed indigent people in parks.

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