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Scherer Won't Seek Position

22 December 2004

Gaming Control Board member Scott Scherer, thought to be one of the leading candidates to replace state Attorney General Brian Sandoval, removed himself from consideration for the post Tuesday, informing Gov. Kenny Guinn he would enter private law practice.

Scherer, 42, who announced earlier this month he wouldn't seek appointment to a second four-term on the three-member control board, said he was joining Hale Lane, a statewide law firm.

Hale Lane announced late Tuesday that Scherer will develop a gaming regulatory practice while serving in the firm's legislative affairs and government relations group.

Sandoval, who has been nominated to fill a vacant federal judgeship, could be confirmed for the post by late spring, thus vacating his attorney general position. Guinn would then appoint a replacement to fill out the remainder of the term.

A former two-term assemblyman representing a Las Vegas district, Scherer ran for attorney general in 1998 as a Republican, losing to Democrat Frankie Sue Del Papa.

He said entering private law practice was the best step for his family. His wife, Kay, was recently named assistant director of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

"After careful deliberation, I have determined that the timing is simply not right for my family to run a statewide campaign in 2006," Scherer said. "To meet the governor's condition of running for the office in 2006, I would need to begin a campaign in late 2005. I have a son who is 13 years old, and I don't want to be gone for large parts of these critical years in his life. People say that I may never have another chance to be appointed to a statewide office, but my son will never be this age again either."

Scherer will remain on the control board until Guinn names a replacement in January.