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Audio recording clip from the fifth interview with Senator Joe Neal by Claytee D. White, June 1, 2006

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Neal, Joseph M., Jr White, Claytee D


Part of an interview with Senator Joe Neal by Claytee White on June 1, 2006. Neal talks about his work in local government and working to prevent fraud in the election of Aaron Williams, the first African American North Las Vegas city councilman.Okay. That was on page 31— the first interview, where I said that Aaron Williams had been elected to the city council of North Las Vegas prior to running for the county commission. Aaron was the first local official of color to be elected to local government. We worked to get him in office and I recall that we had to seek a court order to impound the voting machines in that election, meaning that city election. What happened that you had to impound the machines? Because no black had ever been elected to the city council. And it was kind of funny because we were out at night and we got Charles Kellar to draw up the order for us. Well, what Charles Kellar didn't do was — in order to draw up an order for them to have the judge to impound the order and get the judge to sign it, you have to have a petition. So you have to petition the court to do that. So we called one judge at about eight o'clock at night and that was Judge Mendoza. Yes, Judge Mendoza. And we called him. So Judg
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