Grassroots Candidate Doesn’t Win Election, But Still Stays Positive
The polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Clark County primary elections, and the four candidates running for councilman of Ward 3 Henderson, waited to see the results.
Hoping to change the status quo, 68-year-old Bruce Cutler waited for the outcome. “I feel I can do a good job. I am a person that works for the people…I will fight for anybody who has a right,” Cutler said. This was Cutler’s second time running for councilman.
Cutler’s first attempt for councilman of Ward 3 was in 2009. “I ran four years ago, and I kept the signs. It was funny because I said ‘ah I got them anyway.’“
Having resided in Henderson since 1991, Cutler has been active in the community as a volunteer with the Inner City Games and the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation. He was also treasurer of the Whitney Ranch Homeowners Association for seven years.
“I am a middle class person. I’m not at the top, and I’m not at the bottom. And believe me, I’ve been at the bottom so I know where it is,” Cutler said.
With a wife and two sons at home, all collecting unemployment, Cutler works at O’Reilly’s Auto Shop delivering auto parts. “I live paycheck to paycheck like everybody else,” he said.
“I really want to go to work, but I can’t find a job. I don’t know whether it’s my age or what,” said Cutler’s wife, Louise. A healthy number of citizens in Henderson are also facing similar circumstances Louise Cutler mentioned.
The goal, according to Bruce Cutler, was to help put more money in people’s pockets so they aren’t stuck standing on the street holding a sign.
Cutler also has a sense of urgency to listen to the concerns of the people of Henderson. “My door will be open to everybody,” he said. “So if you have a problem anywhere in Henderson, you come to me because I’m a fighter.”
The three others running for the seat were Milt E. Doyle, Erin Layle and current councilman John Marz, who was appointed to the seat after Kathleen Vermillion stepped down. Of the 16,334 votes Ward 3 received, Marz won with more than half the votes (8,450) and Cutler had 2,687 votes. This placed him in third right behind Doyle’s 2,707 votes.
“Thanks for being able to run. I tried, but the voters liked the status quo,” Cutler sent in an email the morning after the election.
The dramatic difference between the amount of votes the winner received and the other three candidates was disappointing to Cutler. “There were three of us that were of the same party and we should have fought together to win,” he said.
Cutler will not continue pursuing a political seat. “I will run until the people vote me out. If I lose, I will not run again because at a point in your life, you have to know when to stop. And this is it. This is where I truly believe it is my moment,” he said previous to the results.
Cutler was a grassroots candidate, meaning he did everything on his own, and relied on very little money. He didn’t want any obligations.
He concluded his email saying, “I am positive. I am a fighter. I found that lots of people were supporting me that knew what I could do. I did not need a lot to get it done, being an honest grassroots person is what I am. That is what we have to do, bring people together for a common cause and improve our surroundings.”
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