Family members, friends and co-workers described Arnold Lopez as “the light in the room,” and after his sudden death May 15, they forged a way to preserve the flame.
Lopez, formerly an NV Energy economic development executive, spent 19 years in the field of electrical energy conservation and distribution. The past president of the Henderson Development Association, the economic development arm of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, is being remembered by fellow chamber members with the Arnold Lopez Memorial Scholarship fund.
Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen couldn’t run for re-election this year because of term limits, but the longtime staple of local government is leaving the door open for some kind of return to political office.
“I get this (question) a lot,” Hafen told members of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce at its networking breakfast this morning. “‘What are you going to do next? Is there going to be any more political office for you?’ Here’s where I’ll leave that: I have been brought up and raised to be a public servant, so whatever our residents want, I’ll be there.”
But he quickly added, “I’m not going to take the first step.”