Democratic Party sued by former landlord

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada State Democratic Party is being sued by a former landlord who says the party didn't pay thousands of dollars in rent for its former Las Vegas office space.

Timothy and Carol Antoku of Honolulu filed the suit Wednesday in Clark County District Court.

The lawsuit said that according to a 2003 lease the party was supposed to pay $4,094 in monthly rent for space at Plaza de Vegas.

In January the party agreed to pay past-due rent in monthly installments and have the balance paid off by April, the lawsuit said.

That didn't happen and the past-due balance is $18,281, according to the lawsuit. The Antokus seek more than $30,000 in damages.

Party spokeswoman Phoebe Sweet told The Associated Press on Friday that the party has made several attempts to repay the debt since it left the property around January 2007.

In February the party met with the Antokus' attorney and made an additional payment offer but the Antokus never replied, Sweet said. Sweet would not discuss specific dollar amounts.

"We made an offer and they need to respond to it," Sweet said. "Obviously we would like to resolve this and have wanted to resolve it for several years."

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