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Gardnerville Town Board


Aaron Hampton

Place and Length of Residence: Gardnerville / Douglas County, 9 years;

Virginia, 13 years;

England, 10 years.

Occupation: Engineer

Age: 33

Contact Information

Record of Service,

Stodick Estates HOA Board – 3 years;

Engineer and Technologist – 10 years


Bachelors of science, electrical and computer engineering – Virginia Tech;

Masters of science, electrical engineering – Georgia Tech

Honors: ‘Be This’ Award 2017 – selected from 30k company peers as role model for young employees

Platform: I am passionate about encouraging healthy families and traditional values. I want to provide learning opportunities for children and encourage healthy foods and activities for their parents. I will consider projects that improve walking and biking in the Town of Gardnerville and the surrounding area. I will support regional recreational infrastructure and community events and improve pedestrian access to small businesses and entertainment. Any changes must retain a rural culture with focus on sustainability for the next generation; respecting history and controlling new growth. New projects must integrate and interconnect with existing services and adhere to the master plan for consistency and enhance the charm of downtown Gardnerville. I will propose creative solutions for the challenges ahead and I am a modern conservative candidate capable of embracing future while honoring the past. Thank you for the opportunity to share my passions for technology and engineering to serve you and your neighbors.

Mike Henningsen

Place and length of residence: 50 years. I am a 4th generation native of Gardnerville. I lived in Gardnerville my entire life with the exception of five years of college and eight years of working out of state for GE.

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

Age: 62

Contact Info:

Facebook: Mike Henningsen for Gardnerville Town Board

Record of service:

Mechanical engineer with 38 years of experience (still working)

2017 Graduate of Leadership Douglas County

Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley. two terms as president ; most recent 2018, 24 years of active club service

12 years on Board of Trustees for Minden Gardnerville sanitation district

Boy Scouts of America. 22 years with service as Scout Master and Asst. Scout Master

Trinity Lutheran Church. Served on Elder board, Church Council board, and board of trustees


Graduate from Douglas High School

Graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA. BSME (Mechanical Engineering)

Syracuse University business classes


Boy Scouts of America: Golden Pine Nuts Leadership award

Boy Scouts of America District Award of Merit

Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley: Distinguished Club

Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley: Distinguished Service Award 2 times


I was raised on the Henningsen dairy farm in Carson Valley. My great grandfather and three brothers came to America and settled in Carson Valley in the 1870s. I know Carson Valley very well and have seen the changes that have come to our valley. I recognize the need to grow but I also recognize the importance of Carson Valley and more specifically, Gardnerville, to never forget its heritage. As a member of the Gardnerville Town Board, I will serve with pride and reflect on my heritage and drive for decisions that will keep Gardnerville the special town that it is. I believe that working with other boards and seeking best practices is the smart way to find the best solutions. When growth occurs, and fits with the town’s growth plan, I want developers that are willing to meet the board half way and live up to their commitments. My engineering back ground will serve me well in evaluating technical challenges and cutting through the misinformation that is so easily presented. I have a servant’s heart and will serve the town of Gardnerville well.

Kenneth Miller (Ken)

Place and length of residence: Gardnerville resident for 35 years

Occupation: Retired

Age 71

Contact Info:

Record of Service: Served in US Navy aboard USS Columbus (CG-12) Interior Communications 2nd Class Petty Officer 1967-1971

Attended University Nevada Reno graduated with major in social psychology minor in business

Licensed Insurance Agent for Property, Casualty, Life, and Health since 1986 Currently specializing in Life Insurance and Medicare Supplements

Honors: Past Chairman of Gardnerville Town Board during two different terms

Currently serving on Board of Directors for Welcome All Veterans Everywhere, Inc and Board of Directors for Minden Rotary

Active member of Trinity Lutheran Church for 35 years


In the past 7-plus years that I have served on the Gardnerville Town Board we have seen growth in this area. We are currently trying to control and plan for the future growth of our community. We can only accomplish this by keeping the continuity we currently have on the board. The Gardnerville Main Street Program has been very important for the beautification of downtown Gardnerville and in the past I have always supported this program. The Gardnerville Station and Information Center has been a pet project for myself and Tom Dallaire (Town Manager) for the past 6 years. We will hopefully see the renovation of this site near completion by the time you are reading this. There are four crosswalks in the Gardnerville downtown area currently being considered for the safety manually activated lights. This project has been followed closely by myself for the past five years. With the cooperation of NDOT this project should be completed in the next 12 months. I would like to see in the future more successful Eagle Boy Scout projects done with the cooperation with the Town of Gardnerville. Two examples of past Eagle projects are the foot bridge and the chess/checker game in Heritage Park Gardens. In conclusion I feel that Gardnerville is headed in the right direction by keeping Movies in the Park, the Christmas Kickoff at Heritage Park, Splash Dogs and planning for the future with similar events. I feel privileged to live in Gardnerville and I would be honored by serving one more term as a member of the Gardnerville Town Board.

Linda L. Slater

Occupation: Gardnerville Town Board member, retired Douglas County Recorder

Place of Residence: Gardner Street, Gardnerville

Length of Residence: 52 years

Age: 70

Contact Info: 775-782-8606

Record of Service: Member of the Nevada Fiscal Officers board of directors for eight years, member of the Douglas County management Team and member of the Emergency Management Committee.

I have served the citizens of the Town of Gardnerville as a member of the town board for the past eight years. I have had the privilege of being your vice chairman and your chairman and am currently serving in the capacity of vice chairman once again.

I have served all the citizens of Douglas County in the capacity of deputy recorder, chief deputy recorder and had the previlege of being elected your county recorder for two consecutive terms. I retired as your county recorder in 2002 with 30 years of dedicated service.

Member of the board of directors for the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities where I served on the legislative committee.

Currently serving my second term as chairman of the Small Towns and General Improvement Districts caucus for the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities.

Currently serving my third term on the executive committee for the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities.

Education: High school graduate, numerous professional courses, Federal Emergency Management Training Institute, Emmitsburg, Md.

Honors: Elected as county recorder two consecutive terms. Elected by residents of the Town of Gardnerville to be their representative on the town board for two consecutive terms. It has been an honor to be asked to represent Douglas County and the Town of Gardnerville on numerous boards and legislative committees extending beyon my normal duties as an elected official.

Platform: As a Gardnerville Board member I will:

Continue to monitor development to provide cultural, family-friendly atmosphere and growth in Gardnerville.

Continue to work with Douglas County, the Town of Minden and FEMA to develop and implement an affordable, workable flood plan.

Continue to support the Main Street program to assist in expanding the scope without creating fiscal liabilities upon taxpayers.

Serve the business community by recognizing and addressing their needs.

Continue the development of the Martin Slough Project, partnering with the county and the Town of Minden for the betterment of public use.

Continue to be fiscally responsible.

Continue to be an instrument of the people to have their voices heard.

I will remain responsible, accountable and approachable.

When re-elected, the citizen may once again be assured my goal will be to continue to make Gardnerville a desirable, family-oriented, business-friendly and beautiful place to not only reside, but to live.

I ask for your continued support.

Contact: or 775-782-8606

Brian Trute

Gardnerville Town Board

31 years Carson Valley

Occupation: Firefighter/Paramedic

Age: 57 Years Old

Contact info:

My name is Brian Trute and I am running for Gardnerville Town Board. I moved to the Carson Valley in 1987 and opened R & T Dry Cleaners. I sold the business in 2003 to pursue a career in public service with East Fork Fire Protection District as a Firefighter/Paramedic. I raised my daughter here and she graduated from DHS. Through my job at the fire department, I recently became a member of the Mobile Outreach Support Team (MOST) which works with a social worker and law enforcement helping the mental health patients of our community.

I have a vision for Gardnerville.The future of our town involves multiple critical decisions that will effect our community for many years to come. If elected I will gather the facts, do the research, listen to the community, and advise the board in the best interest of our town. We need managed and responsible growth. I support “The Plan for Prosperity” as this will pave the way for current and future businesses to flourish. It will provide a walk friendly downtown area that is safe and attractive and establish a vibrant and exciting hub for residents to gather.

I feel that I have a connection to this town. Having a background in the private sector as well as 17 years in local government has allowed me to see both sides. Government agencies need to be managed a little more like a business and if elected, I will be a conscientious steward of your tax dollars.