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Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District


Brad Newlon

Place of residence: Ranchos resident for the past 21 years (835 Russell Way)

Occupation: Social Studies teacher at Douglas High School for past 21 years

Age: 55

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Incumbency Eight years

Education (Schools attended and degrees obtained):

B.A. from the University of Montana. Major in History and Minors in Political Science and Special Education.

Record of Service (100 words or fewer, include military service here)

In addition to teaching, I have coached football, wrestling and track. I am the co-coordinator of the Grad-Nite celebration promoting a safe and sober night before graduation. I also taught night school and adult education for ten years. This program is not only for students who fall behind during high school but also allows adults who decide to return to get a high school degree a program where they can achieve their diploma and open doors of opportunities.


As a Social Studies teacher, I spend numerous hours with students explaining and discussing the functions of government. With today’s economic uncertainty, it’s important to teach and model fiscal responsibility. Being raised in a modest income family in Western Montana, I was raised to respect the cost of items and budgeting. Being part of a government organization for the past 24 years, I have seen too much waste in spending by government agencies so my focus of my Improvement District tenure has been to ensure responsible economic policies.

My promise is to remain fiscally responsible to the residence of the Gardnerville Ranchos. When you write your check to GRGID you can be assured that I understand that your money is valuable to you and you expect it to be used wisely. Spending other people’s money should be done with great care. Every one of my votes will be done with deep consideration of the cost to our residents. With resident’s cost of living rising and income not keeping pace, I will not vote for any water/sewer fee increase for the next four years.

I also promise to continue to protect the rural integrity of our community. By ensuring proper fiscal planning there are numerous opportunities to promote family oriented areas and activities for the residents. The Bob Spellberg Recreational Park fishing pond is an example of a great location for family activities at a nominal fee to the residents. (The Dept. of Wildlife funded the majority of the cost.) I will also continue to support and promote the small businesses found in our area. They are an important of our lifestyles and provide opportunities for employment of our residents.

I bring a common sense fiscally responsible approach to leadership and I would appreciate your vote.

John Sheridan

Lives: Gardnerville Ranchos for 22 years

Occupation: Plant Operator V at South Lake Tahoe Public Utilities

Age 35

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I was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. My family moved to the Ranchos 22 years ago, and I have been a resident since. I have spent the majority of my career in public works, with 12 years of experience. My career began in Carson City where I worked in the Water Distribution and Treatment Departments for Public Works. After Carson City, I took my current position as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for South Tahoe Public Utility District. I have a degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Nevada Reno. I am on the board of the California Water Environment Association-Sierra Section. These are a few of the reasons I would make a good Trustee on the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District Board, but there are many more such as my personal dedication and thoroughness. I am a fiscal conservative but would handle each situation individually on relevant facts.

I married Amy Ackerman who works at Meneley in 2011. We have two children. We love the Ranchos community here and are vested in it.

Serving as a Trustee is an opportunity to contribute to our community. My primary focus would be maintaining water and sewer infrastructure, responsible growth, protecting our superior drinking water quality, storm drainage improvements, road repairs, and the maintenance of parks.

Robert (Bob) Spellberg

Residence: 758 Harley Ct., Gardnerville Ranchos

30 plus years living in the Gardnerville Ranchos

I am the Retired District Manager for the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District. October 1, 1987 to December 5th 2017.

Age 66 years

Cell Phone: 775-690-7512


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I Started with the Ely Volunteer Fire Department in September 1982. Continued my service as a volunteer fire fighter for the Ranchos Volunteer Fire Department in January 1987. I became an EMT in 1992 and an Advanced EMT in 1993. I am a fire and ems service instructor. Incident Command System certified. Ranchos Volunteer Fire Department serving as secretary, treasurer, president. EMS Captain and Chief for five years.

Sat on the Douglas County Debt Management Commission for over 10 years.

Attended Northeastern University, American Institute of Banking, Bently College, Western Nevada College. I obtained a Certificate of Professional Development from UNR. I am a Certified Public Official.

I was chosen Manager of the Year for the Nevada Rural Water Association. I was firefighter of the year and numerous years of EMT of the Year with the Ranchos Volunteer Fire Department. Mitch Park in the Gardnerville Ranchos GID has been renamed the Robert Spellberg Recreational Complex honoring my many years of dedicated service to the District.

I started as District Manager for Gardnerville Ranchos GID in October 1987. My initial assignment was build the District into something our residents and the outlying community will be proud of. With Board approval I started out making sure the District had the proper equipment and facilities to work with. I continued with maintaining a street improvement program that is very successful to this day. I worked with our consulting engineer and District Counsel to create policies and procedures so the public would have reference material regarding the duties the District is responsible for. Again with Board approval I started water replacement programs the biggest being replacing all the steel water lines and appurtenances within all the non curb and guttered areas of the District and replacing water line in Unit 6 that was improperly installed in the 1970s and causing constant water leaks. I worked with the help of consulting staff to secure low interest loans through the State Revolving Loan Fund to fund the two bonds to pay for a massive and successful program. I continued by replacing water line within the District that caused the most issues first.

I worked for an elected board of five trustees (of which I am now a candidate for}. It was my job to create policy by board request or suggest policy for the District that would make living within the District a better place for our residents. I am now running for the Board so I may ensure that the District continues to be a great place to live. I have a financial background and was conservative in how the District spends its funding. This allowed the District to function well over the five plus years of the great recession. I would like to serve on the Board to help continue my conservative ways. I am not negative growth but any growth has to be well thought out for the benefit of our community. Water, sewer, open spaces and access roads are the main ingredients when looking at a new subdivision. Public input is key when looking at growth. The District cannot either approve or deny new development but Douglas County understands that bringing proposed development to the Board of Trustees is the first line of public comment. The County wants the opinion of the Board and the issues that need to be taken into consideration. As an employee I supplied facts. As as trustee I can listen to the public and speak out on the benefits and pitfalls of new development within our District.

Leann Teter

Occupation: Douglas County Deputy Treasurer. Has worked for the department for more than 23 years.

Residence: 24 year resident of the Gardnerville Ranchos

Age: 54

Record of Service: Chairwoman Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District.

Contact Information: (775) 450-7243

Education: Graduated from Galt High School and Heald Business College in Sacramento.

Record of Service: I have 10 years of banking experience.

I have lived in the Gardnerville Ranchos for 24 years. I have raised two boys and a daughter here.

I love the community and love seeing the young families moving here. I have met a lot of nice retired people moving here. I have lived and worked with other families who have lived here as long or longer than I have.

I was appointed to the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District on May 7, 2015. I was then elected to the board in 2016.

I have learned a lot sitting on the board, and have met a lot of people along the way.

I believe I have the professionalism and commitment to serve another term.

I will listen to and keep working for the community. I want to thank you in advance for your support.