Pamela Goynes-Brown

North Las Vegas Elects 1st Black Mayor in Nevada History

On November 8, 2002, when she was elected mayor of North Las Vegas, Pamela Goynes-Brown also became the first Black mayor in Nevada’s history.

Her father, Theron Goynes was the first Black man to serve as a member of the North Las Vegas City Council, and later became Mayor Pro Tem.

Goynes-Brown’s family first came to North Las Vegas in 1964 where she lived at Carey Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Her parents still reside there today.

Initially, Pamela wanted to be a concert pianist where she studied at Prairie View A&M University before changing her major to music education and graduating Magna Cum Laude. She returned to North Las Vegas where she worked as an educator, both as a music teacher and assistant principal at Scott Elementary School before being elected to the North Las Vegas city council for more than a decade.

When to comes to the future of North Las Vegas, Mayor Pamela Goynes-Brown said, “The vision for North Las Vegas is to continue with economic growth. And that would be in our manufacturing and our industrial blueprint. Also, our job creation zone, which is close to our VA Hospital, is going to be a 135-acre medical campus. So we want to increase the medical blueprint in North Las Vegas, because I know those kinds of facilities are lacking not just in North Las Vegas, but pretty much in the state of Nevada, and we are doing a total revitalization of our downtown core. And that is going to be reflective of the large minority population that we have in the city of North Las Vegas because we are the largest minority majority city. And we want to celebrate that diversity, celebrate those differences. We’re putting together a downtown area that will have something for everybody.”
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