Minden Town Board member and retired China Spring Youth Camp Director Steve Thaler announced a bid to be elected to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.
Thaler, 56, said he has been planning to run for the commission seat for several months, before he knew that Commissioner Lee Bonner wouldn’t seek a second term.
Bonner made that announcement at Thursday’s Douglas County commission meeting.
“I’ve thought about this for a long time,” he said. “Since at least October. There was a lot of soul searching. This has never been about Lee.”
In a statement to The Record-Courier, Thaler said he felt his experience would be a good match for the county commission in the future.
“Douglas County continues to face unprecedented challenges and because of this I am seeking election to the County Commission District 2 seat,” he said. “My experience, skills, and abilities best match the needs of our county for the future. I bring a wealth of experience to this elective office. I have proven I can handle and excel at any task or challenge given to me.”
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Thaler came to Douglas County in 1980 when he was appointed a deputy sheriff. He worked for the District Attorney’s Office for five years before being appointed director of the China Spring and Aurora Pines youth camps.
He has been married to Carson Valley native JoAnn Indiano Thaler for 25 years. The couple has three children and two grandchildren.
“During the past 33 years, I have had the pleasure of being a member of local service organizations, community boards and committees,” he said. “The fact that I have lived in Douglas County for over 30 years has given me a unique perspective on our county. I believe my career of action-oriented leadership has been established.”
Thaler was appointed to the Minden Town Board in 2008, and elected in 2012. If elected, the county would have to appoint a replacement to the town board.
“I love being on the town board,” he said. “I enjoy it immensely. I love the county and want it to keep growing. Hopefully, we’ve hit the cusp of this recession. We need to be careful going into the next few years.”