Last election forum is Friday |

Last election forum is Friday

Staff Reports

The last election forum comes the day before early voting begins on Saturday.

Members of the Good Governance Group will be hearing arguments on four questions appearing on the ballots and hosting a straw poll on Friday.

Douglas County voters will have a chance to submit written questions, hear pro and con arguments, and participate in a straw poll on four ballot measures at Friday evening’s Good Governance Group Voters Forum at the Carson Valley Inn. Results of the straw poll will be announced at the end of the evening.

Forum Committee Chairman Ed Hayes said, “Although our doors will open at 6, we know many residents arrive home for dinner after 5, so our moderator, KKFT FM 99.1 owner Jerry Evans, will not start the program until 6:40. A no-host beverage bar will also be open throughout the evening.”

Hayes added that his Committee felt that two issues previously unaddressed at a public forum should be addressed: State Question 1, requiring a person who wants to sell a firearm to another person to conduct the sale through a licensed gun dealer in order to run a background check, and the local Sales Tax Increase to fund Douglas County School District infrastructure and facility needs. Pro and con arguments will also be presented on State Question 2 and Indexing of Fuel Taxes in Douglas County.

Speaking in favor of Question 1 will be Nevadans for Background Checks Communications Director, Jennifer Crowe. Speaking in opposition will be local State Assemblyman Jim Wheeler.

Speaking in favor of the Schools Sales Tax Increase will be local financial advisor and former County Commissioner Dave Brady. Speaking in opposition will be local Realtor and County Commissioner-elect, Dave Nelson.

Speaking in favor of Question 2, legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational use by adults will be William Adler, executive director of the Nevada Medical Marijuana Association and political director for the campaign to pass the measure. Speaking in opposition will be Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden.

Speaking in favor of Indexing Fuel Taxes will be Minden-Tahoe Airport Manager Bobbi Thompson. Speaking in opposition will be outdoor adventure guide and local government watchdog, Jim Slade.

Forms for audience members to submit written questions will be distributed during the gathering period, and collected prior to each presentation. Straw poll ballots will also be distributed after 6:00 and will be collected until 8:55 p.m., with results to be announced shortly thereafter.