Page said around 2011 Hof put Suzette Cole, who serves as the brothel’s madam, on the business and liquor licenses, in case something happened to him.
“I’m going to imagine based upon that information that she is running them right now,” Page said. “From a legal perspective, the brothels are legal and licensed and there’s no reason to take any action.”
November’s advisory question stems from a petition by the anti-sex trafficking group No Little Girl. The group filed a petition in Lyon County to place a referendum on the ballot that would give voters the option of choosing between outlawing brothels or freezing the county’s brothel ordinance. A freeze in the ordinance would have allowed the brothels to continue operating but would not have allowed the county to make any changes to the ordinance until the next regular election.
To prevent confusion on what residents were voting on, the group agreed to withdraw their referendum if the county placed an advisory question on the ballot asking if voters support brothels in the county. Commissioners have historically gone along with the will of the general public.
Page said he expects county voters to go support the brothels with about 70 percent of the vote. About 70 percent of Lyon County voters typically turn out for general elections.