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Ward 1

495 S. Main St., 89101
Hours: 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Brian Knudsen was elected to represent Ward 1 in June 2019, enabling him to continue to pursue his passion of public service. Since moving to Las Vegas in 2005, Councilman Knudsen has built programs and services for people and populations in Las Vegas and continues to serve the community as a member of the City Council.

For nearly a decade, he worked in the city of Las Vegas on initiatives that shaped the downtown core, redefined the educational landscape and rethought how city services are provided to Las Vegas residents.

Councilman Knudsen has worked alongside nonprofit partners, community leaders and elected officials to expand after-school meal programs for children, and helped launch a city- and community-led initiative to improve education in our downtown core.

Councilman Knudsen has more than 15 years of experience in city and state governments as well as time spent as the chief executive officer of a large nonprofit organization and as the owner of a small business. His experience covers multiple functions of government and nonprofit organizations and has focused on creating efficiencies, strategic planning and policy development.

He is a founding member of Downtown Achieves, which became the city of Las Vegas’ inspiration for creating the Department of Youth Development and Social Innovation. In addition, he is a founding member of Nevada’s Big Give, a one-day, online giving event that has raised nearly three million dollars for Nevada charities. He also has served as vice chair of the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance, vice president of the McNeil Neighborhood Association and as a member of the Adoption Exchange Board.

Councilman Knudsen has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Utah in health education and mass communications. He also has a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California.

Brian is happily married and he and his husband have adopted two children. Councilman Knudsen believes that his children, and all Las Vegans, deserve leadership committed to making Las Vegas an even better place to live, work and play. He plans to continue to build a community that ensures equal opportunity, has great schools, provides strong public safety, preserves our neighborhoods and strives to be world class in all we do. 

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    Las Vegas Book Festival Virtual Book Week Oct. 19-24

    Monday, Oct. 19,
    The 2020 Las Vegas Book Festival’s Virtual Book Week will feature programming for all ages from Oct. 19 to 24. The 2020 festival will be virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Virtual Book Week will take place Oct. 19-24 on the book festival’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

    The 2020 festival is sponsored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal/Las Vegas Sun, 98.5 KLUC, NBC Channel 3 and the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas Life. It is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


    For the schedule and information, please visit www.lasvegasbookfestival.com. Keep up with festival news on Facebook and Twitter (#VegasBookFest). 


    Panel discussions will take place daily at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
    Children’s author readings at noon. 
    Family-friendly activities will take place at 3 p.m. respectively.
    There will also be a daily poetry session at 5 p.m. 
    On Saturday, Oct. 24, programming will run continuously from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. to follow the traditional book festival schedule.


    For the full schedule and more, visit www.lasvegasbookfestival.com.


    Creature Feature

    Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

    Free and open to the public.
    Mirabelli Park, 6200 Elton Ave.

    Bring the family to the park to enjoy the 2017 animated movie “Coco.”  Bring blankets and low chairs to be more comfortable. Councilman Knudsen and staff will be available to answer any questions. For more information, contact: 702-229-2299 or email ward1@lasvegasnevada.gov for details.Bring the family to enjoy a Halloween-themed movie in the park.  Bring blankets and low chairs to be more comfortable.

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