Gilman seeks to represent the district covering the northern part of the county in which his brothel is located, about 10 miles east of Reno.
He said he believes his experience as a small-business owner with more than 40 brothel employees would prove helpful on the commission. His operation along Interstate 80 includes buildings once part of his Wild Horse Ranch bordello as well as the former Mustang Ranch main building once owned by Joe Conforte.
“I have felt the pain of this economy, and I believe this experience will be critical in never forgetting that small businesses drive our economy and are the very heart of our economic well-being in Storey County,” he said.
Gillman also is sales and marketing director of the nearby 107,000-acre Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, which bills itself as “the largest industrial center in the world.”
Noting he has closed deals bringing 127 companies and 6,000 jobs to the industrial center over the last 12 years, Gillman also pledged to promote commercial development and tourism in the county.
Gillman’s two bordellos had operated under separate names — Mustang Ranch and Wild Horse Ranch — in the same complex until Storey County commissioners revoked his Wild Horse license last year.
However, Gillman spokesman Rich Crombie said commissioners later approved an expansion of his separate Mustang Ranch license that allowed him to reoccupy the former Wild Horse buildings and to continue operations in Conforte’s former Mustang Ranch main building. The Mustang Ranch name now is used for both houses of prostitution.
Gillman bought the gaudy pink stucco buildings that once housed Conforte’s Mustang Ranch at auction in 2003 and moved them a short distance east to their current site.
Conforte took over the Mustang Ranch in 1967 when prostitution was illegal. In 1971, it became the state’s first legal brothel and led to a movement that legalized prostitution in 12 of Nevada’s 17 counties.
Gilman seeks to replace Commissioner Bob Kershaw, who is not seeking re-election.