Last Douglas candidates file

A Fish Springs resident became the fourth Republican to seek the Assembly District 39 seat on Friday.

John Edwards Dicks joins Rick Gardner, James Settelmeyer and Barbara Smallwood in the race for the seat which stretches from Douglas County along the shore of Lake Tahoe up to Incline Village.

Filing was quiet at the Douglas County Clerk's Office in the Minden Inn on Friday with two Valley residents filing, Greg Pace for Genoa Town Board and William 'Bill' Maher for Topaz Ranch Estates General Improvement District.

Primaries for county races include one for Douglas County commission District 4 between Republicans Janet Murphy and Nancy McDermid and for Douglas County Public Administrator between Republican incumbent Lynn EnEarl and challenger Jay Lather.

The primary election will take place on Aug. 15.

Besides the primary winners, going to the general election will be Douglas County District 2 commissioner David Brady, who is being challenged by former Valley broadcaster Lloyd Higuera.

Also on the ballot in November will be East Fork Justice of the Peace Jim EnEarl and challenger Minden attorney Kelly Chase.

There will also be races for Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District, Indian Hills General Improvement District and East Fork Swimming Pool District, all of which had more candidates than openings.

Several of Douglas County's executive officers were congratulated on their election by default on Friday.

Assessor Doug Sonnemann had his thumb wrapped up in blue tape from a "puppy-sitting" injury when he came into the county clerk's office after it closed at 5 p.m. to check on his status.

Sheriff Ron Pierini and Douglas County District Attorney candidate Mark Jackson were at the J.T. Basque Bar & Dining to celebrate their victory with family and friends.

Other office holders who won't face opposition include Recorder Werner Christen, Clerk-Treasurer Barbara J. Griffin Reed, East Fork Constable Paul Gilbert, all four Douglas School Board incumbents, incumbents on the Minden and Gardnerville town boards and the members of the Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District.


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