2016 election picture in focus
March 22, 2016
Filing wrapped up Friday for the 2016 election in Douglas County, setting the stage for at least eight contested elections.
Home to 32 different elected boards, residents filed for all but three of them.
Douglas County Commissioner Greg Lynn is facing a challenge from Dave Nelson in District 1. The race is a rematch of the 2008 primary battle.
Carson Valley residents Larry Walsh and Frank Godecke are vying to replace outgoing District 3 Commissioner Doug Johnson.
County commissioner is a partisan race and all four candidates are Republicans.
Retired teacher Larry Lippman is making another try for school board, this time against resident Linda Gilkerson. School board trustee is a nonpartisan race.
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Lippman was defeated in 2012 by school board incumbent Teri Jamin, who is term-limited.
On Friday, two Lake Tahoe residents filed for School Board Trustee Area 3, causing a three-way race for the seat being vacated by Cindy Trigg.
Keith Byer and Michael Eugene Kiger filed on the last day and will appear on the ballot with Nicholas Shepack.
County commissioners confirmed the appointment of Glen A. Radtke to the Minden Town Board. Minden resident Christopher Shorten filed for the town board on Thursday bringing to four the number of residents seeking three seats on the board. Besides Shorten and Radtke, incumbents Bill Souligny and John Stephans have filed to retain their seats.
Tahoe Douglas Fire District has four candidates signed up as well, with John Breaux, Greg Felton, Ann Grant and Larry Schussel on the list.
A fifth Carson Valley resident filed on Friday for the East Fork Swimming Pool District board. Minden resident Travis Lee joins Frank Dressel, Douglas Robbins and incumbents Kimberly Borgzinner and Mike Hardie in seeking election to the Carson Valley Swim Center board.
Five candidates seeking two seats on the Minden Gardnerville Sanitation District may result in a primary race in June.
Incumbents Bob Allgeier and Barbara Smallwood are facing a challenge from Patty Baratti-Sallani, Tim Bunting and Craig Wilcox.
Zephyr Cove resident Catherine Gibb filed for Skyland General Improvement District, which brings that slate of candidates to four.
Also filed for the Lake Tahoe board is John Peel, Susanne Petrizzio and Bob Senna Jr.
Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lewis and County Commissioner Barry Penzel survived filing without challengers.
No one filed against school board trustees Karen Chessel and Neal Freitas, so they will keep their seats.
Gardnerville Town Board members Mary Ann Wenner and Lloyd Higuera will be unopposed in the election.
In Genoa, four candidates filed for town board, which is the number of open seats. Linda Birdwell, Timothy DeTurk, Patricia Eckman and Steven Shivey will all take their seats without opposition.
Commissioners approved seeking volunteers to write the pro and con statements for the gas revenue indexing ballot question to appear on the November ballot.
Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lewis is advertising for residents to participate in the process.
Lewis will also recruit residents for pro and con statements on a question seeking to raise the sales tax to pay for school repairs.
Johnson said the board is not advocating any of the questions.
"When board of commissioners hears these questions, we're doing what we're supposed to be doing," he said. "We don't take a position pro or con."
Under Nevada law, no tax dollars may be spent to advocate for or against a question appearing on the ballot.
Three Lake Tahoe districts had no candidates, Oliver Park, Sierra Estates and Zephyr Knolls general improvement districts.