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Clark County Commission agrees to change name of McCarran to Harry Reid International Airport

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Posted at 9:12 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 18:56:42-05

12:30 P.M. UPDATE: The Clark County Commission unanimously signed off on renaming McCarran International Airport to Harry Reid International Airport. The request will be submitted to the FAA.

The Nevada State Democratic Party released the following excerpts from the commissioners' remarks today:

Commissioner Tick Segerblom: “I want to address one of the concerns that has been raised about how this will be paid for. Let me be clear, no taxpayer money will be used for this effort. All expenses associated with re-naming with be paid for with 100% private donations … This also isn’t partisan. This has the support of Sig Rogich, Sands CEO and Miriam Adelson--these aren’t liberal Democrats.”

Commissioner Justin Jones: “We have come a long way in our work to ensure we protect our state, but let us never forget that it did not start with us. It started with Harry Reid. I am proud to cast my vote today to support the airport being renamed as a tribute to the work he has done for Nevada and a reminder that we must continue to fight the “Good Fight” for our community every day.”

Commissioner Ross Miller: “The broad base of support shows this is what our community really wants … McCarran’s views do not reflect our community’s standards. It matters what we name our airport to greet visitors ... Senator Reid embodies the American Dream--he came from nothing and became one of the most powerful people in the world.”

Commissioner William McCurdy II: “We have to ask ourselves who we want to be. When I walk through the airport with my kid and he asks who McCarran is, I want to be able to tell him the truth about who McCarran was and the role I played in renaming the airport.”

Commissioner Michael Naft: “In my role with the anti-defamation league I believe we need to remove McCarran’s name from the airport … Senator Reid has played a historic role in the formation of our state and what we currently stand for.”

Commissioner James Gibson: “My family goes back a long way with Harry Reid … No one can dispute the good he’s done for the state of Nevada and the city of Henderson.”

Clark County Commission is holding a Tuesday meeting to discuss several topics but one agenda item is taking most of the attention.

Watch a livestream of Tuesday's meeting below:

Agenda item No. 40 is marked for a discussion and possible action when it comes to renaming McCarran International Airport to Harry Reid International Airport.

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The Clark County Commission will discuss that topic which if agreed for action would direct the head of the airport to draft a letter to the FAA requesting the facility name be changed to Harry Reid International Airport.

Other items of interest on the agenda also include the Mariachi Joya de Las Vegas High School to be recognized for their performance at President Biden's virtual inauguration.

And for the commission to receive a presentation from the Boring Company regarding the proposed transportation system on Las Vegas Boulevard.