Democratic Assemblyman Alexander Assefa has resigned from the Legislature after a prison investigation was launched into his alleged misuse of marketing campaign funds and failure to reside in his Las Vegas-area district.
Assefa, who was re-elected to a second time period in November, submitted his resignation to Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday citing a “mistaken” understanding of residency necessities for holding legislative workplace.
In October, the Las Vegas Overview-Journal reported that police had executed a search warrant searching for marketing campaign and private banking data from Assefa, in addition to public paperwork associated to his major residence. The newspaper reported that Assefa submitted a declaration of candidacy stating he lived in a condominium within the district, however that he really lived in a North Las Vegas residency along with his spouse. As of Tuesday, no prison expenses have been filed in opposition to Assefa.
In his resignation letter, Assefa stated that he ran to signify the district “out of a honest perception” that it was his major place of residence, however after a cautious evaluation of residency necessities decided: “I now know I used to be mistaken.”
“With nice remorse, and since I consider that lawmakers are certain to uphold the regulation and act with honesty and integrity, I need to admit my mistake and resign my workplace,” he wrote within the letter.
Assefa additionally wrote that he would donate all cash remaining in his marketing campaign fund to non-profit organizations.
In an announcement, the Meeting Democratic Caucus thanked Assefa for his service and wrote that “we stay up for welcoming a brand new member to our caucus very quickly.”
Below state regulation, the Clark County Fee might be charged with selecting a brand new consultant of the identical political occasion for the vacated state Meeting seat. The Legislature is ready to gavel in on Feb. 1.
Assefa is a former refugee from Ethiopia who immigrated to america 20 years in the past, shifting to Las Vegas in 2006.