Chamber election set for Wednesday |

Chamber election set for Wednesday

by Leslie Pearson

An election to fill two vacancies on the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is Wednesday.

Six candidates from local businesses are running for board of director's chairs.

"It's likely to be a very close election," said Bill Chernock, chamber executive director.

The elected board members will have to face important issues, he said.

"Obviously while things are better (with the economy) now than they were one or two years ago, we're still looking at a lot of vacant commercial space," he said. "We have broad band issues and we're looking at developing the workforce with Western Nevada College."

The following candidates will face the above issues if elected:

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Candidate Rick Ackerson is the founder and executive director of No Place Like Home Senior Care and owner of Carson Valley Auto Sales, he said in his statement to chamber voters.

He said that he opened the senior care center with two goals in mind.

"One goal was to provide respite to family caregivers…and the other was to assist the elderly with staying independent…for as long as possible," he said.

Ackerson is also a firefighter-paramedic with East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts.

As a retired fire chief for East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts and now a realtor, candidate Bill Driscoll said that he knows "the people, the issues, the controversies and the concerns of our business community."

"Although we are a small business community I believe the synergy of all of us working together will improve our business environment as well as the overall quality of life here in our beautiful Carson Valley," he said in a statement to voters.

Candidate Andrew Haskin started working in business at the age of 16 when he managed an apartment building owned by one of his parents' companies, he said.

Haskin is a Carson High School and University of Nevada, Reno graduate with a masters in business administration.

Jeri Johnson said she is running for the board of directors because she works with small businesses in the community on a daily basis as a small business relationship manager with Nevada State Bank.

"I have a clear understanding of the challenges faced by small business today particularly in the current economic environment," she said.

Candidate Marie Stokes has previously held a board of directors seat and said that her past experience would make her "a good fit."

Stokes is the wedding and special events manager at 1862 David Walley's Resort, Hot Springs and Spa.

She said that this position allows her to work with and promote local businesses.

Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer Ted Thran is also an ambassador for the chamber of commerce.

"Even if elected as a board member I will always continue to be an ambassador as I feel it is the only way to truly know and understand the membership," he said.

He said that he is also a certified public accountant and knows the needs of local businesses.

Elections ballots can be mailed or hand delivered to the chamber office at 1477 Highway 395, Suite A by 3 p.m. Wednesday. Ballots will be counted that evening, Chernock said.

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