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Bonner won’t seek second term

One term on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners will be sufficient, Minden resident Lee Bonner said Thursday.

Bonner, who narrowly defeated Dave Brady in 2010, issued a statement saying he would not seek re-election to the position.

Bonner, 54, served as commission chairman during an auspicious year for the county that saw ground broken for the Douglas County Community & Senior Center.

Before his election, Bonner worked for General Electric for nine years, most recently in global communications and public affairs. He relocated to Carson Valley from Atlanta in 2005.

Not long after he took office, he quit General Electric, saying he wanted to devote more time to being a commissioner.

A graduate of a divinity college, Bonner introduced the idea of having an invocation at the beginning of county commissioners meetings.

When he was named commission chairman in January 2012, he promoted government accessibility.

He wrote several columns for The Record-Courier during his tenure on the county commission, addressing water consolidation, and his tenure as chairman.

He also accepted a temporary position as director of communications with the Northern Nevada Development Authority in 2012. He was hired on a three-month contract and stayed with the authority until last month.

Filing for all nonjudicial Douglas County offices starts March 3. District 4 County Commissioner Nancy McDermid has announced she will seek a third term.

Bonner’s Statement

It’s been a privilege to serve as one of your Douglas County Commissioners for the last three-plus years and I would like to share with the citizens that I will not seek a second term.

Serving as one of your commissioners has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I have enjoyed setting policy, working through the process for the people of our county. Douglas is fortunate to have many great people. The spirit of volunteerism that is visible here has always amazed me. While serving has always been a part of who I am, there are many ways in which one can serve and I look forward to serving in the next chapter of life.

In the same spirit, there are many people in our county, in particular District 2 who have a lot to give and I hope to see several people step up to run for this exciting position. We need people willing to provide leadership and insight as we move past the recession and into a better economic environment. Our county has been making the right decisions as we corrected an unsustainable budget path, created by what some have called the perfect economic storm. During my term I have focused on economic development, forward looking financial principles, advanced technology, increased communication to our citizens and making sure that we ask the right questions to validate our decisions. Steve Mokrohisky, our County Manager, has provided outstanding, consistent leadership to the staff and it has been a true pleasure to serve with him and the rest of the Douglas County team. Our recent board discussions have been fruitful and captivating providing the citizens with insight to our thought process and the tough decisions that always arise.

While we may not always agree, it’s in the spirit of discourse that we find common ground and make stronger decisions. When we take time to defend our decisions and allow a full discussion, the winners are always the people of Douglas County.

I look forward to continuing to serve and I also look forward to an exciting election year. Douglas County is moving in the right direction and with everyone working together we all can make a difference and keep the momentum going. Thank you all for being a great people in a great place. I look forward to supporting the next commissioner for District 2.