Brothel owner Lance Gilman wins Nevada election

brothel-owner-wins-election-lance-gilman-gi.jpgLance Gilman describes himself as a "dye-in-the-wool Republican who loves American values." He's also owner of the Mustang Ranch brothel and was recently elected resoundingly as Storey County commissioner in Nevada.

According to Nevada historian Guy Rocha ( per the AP), Gilman is the first brothel owner to win election to public office in Nevada since prostitution was legalized there in 1971 -- and he's believed to be the first in the state's 148-year history.

"He's in rare company," Rocha says. "Of course, it's going to be rare because the business of selling sex for money is illegal in every jurisdiction in the United States except in rural Nevada."  

Gilman's brothel is one of about two dozen that legally operate in 10 of Nevada's 17 counties. In his county of 4,000, Gilman won with 62 percent of the vote on Nov. 6.  

"To 99 percent of the voters, they view it as just a business," Gilman says. "It's a prosperous business that's helped the county."  
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