by Kurt Hildebrand
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March 14, 2014
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Free rides for county commissioners, school board

For the first time in 60 years, both the candidates for Douglas County commissioner will run unopposed.

The last time there was a free ride for all the commission candidates was 1954, according to the Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer’s website.

And it wasn’t just the county commissioners’ race.

At the close of filing on Friday, pretty much every race had a candidate, but not many candidates had a race.

Three candidates for Douglas County School Board will all go on to take office without an opponent.

With the exception of sheriff, none of the county’s constitutional officers are facing a race. No one filed against Clerk-Treasurer Ted Thran, Recorder Karen Ellison, Assessor Doug Sonnemann, District Attorney Mark Jackson, Public Administrator Claudette Springmeyer. School board incumbents Tom Moore and Ross Chichester will be joined by Genoan Robbe Lehmann on the board of trustees. Douglas County’s longest-serving elected official East Fork Constable Paul Gilbert will go another election cycle without an opponent.

“No news is good news,” said Commissioner Nancy McDermid, for whom third term was the charm. Also a shoe-in is Minden Town Board member Steve Thaler, who filed for the Commissioner Lee Bonner’s seat. Someone will have to be appointed to fill Thaler’s seat on the town board.

Sheriff Ron Pierini drew challenges from former County Commissioner Dave Brady and retired Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Gyll. It will be the first time he’s had an opponent since he was appointed in 1997. Sheriff is a nonpartisan race, so all three will appear on the primary ballot in June. Jackson said that the top vote-getters will go to the general election in November.

The only local races this election are for Gardnerville Town Board, East Fork Swimming Pool District, Topaz Ranch Estates and Kingsbury Grade general improvement districts. None attracted enough candidates to appear on the primary ballot, so they will all appear on the ballot in November.

Five people are seeking one of two seats on the Kingsbury Grade General Improvement District. Five people are also seeking a seat on the Topaz Ranch Estates General Improvement District.

On the state front, the expected primary race for Assembly District 39 developed on Wednesday when Genoan Al Giordano filed as the Independent American. Republicans will see Assemblyman Jim Wheeler and challenger Robin Reedy on their ballot.

No one filed against Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden.

The only local races this election besides sheriff are for Gardnerville Town Board, East Fork Swimming Pool District, Topaz Ranch Estates and Kingsbury Grade general improvement districts. None attracted enough candidates to appear on the primary ballot, so they will all appear on the ballot in November.

Four candidates are filed for Gardnerville Town Board, including incumbents Ken Miller and Linda Slater. Challengers are Annette Philips, wife of term-limited board member Mike Philips, and attorney Cassandra Jones.

East Fork Swimming Pool District incumbent Greg Taylor, Gardnerville resident Dave Ellison, Minden resident Thomas Ingham and Gardnerville resident Michael McCormick are vying for two seats on the board.

Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District incumbents Jeff James, Shari James and Brad Newlon are joined by challenger Leann M. Teter for one of the three seats up on the board.

Five people are seeking one of two seats on the Kingsbury Grade General Improvement District, including incumbents Daniel Norman and Darya Vogt. Challengers Ooli Haskins, Bill Kirschner and Craig Schorr are also seeking a seat on the board.

Five people are also seeking a seat on the Topaz Ranch Estates General Improvement District, including former district manager Ole Chavez. Also filed for the south county district board are Mark Bradshaw, Wendy Francis, Philip Miller and Steven Haslam Nielsen.

Genoa Post Master Greg Pace was the only town board member to file for office. Seats belonging to board members Brian Williams and Dave Whitgob went without candidates.

No candidates filed Lake Tahoe improvement districts Zephyr Knolls, Sierra Estates and Oliver Park.


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