Candidates file on first day
While the first two candidates to sign up for office on Monday were Douglas County Clerk Barbara Griffin Reed and East Fork Constable Paul Gilbert, as expected, the next two made the race for East Fork Justice of the Peace official.
Both Gilbert and Reed signed up before the official opening of the Clerk’s office in the Minden Inn on Monday. Reed said she had numbers to give the candidates to more efficiently deal with the expected rush.
East Fork candidates Kelly Chase and Jim EnEarl showed up within minutes of one another at around 8:40 a.m. Chase and then EnEarl took a number. But when no other candidates showed up after a few minutes, Reed opened the doors and the two men were allowed to file.
Deputy District Attorney Mark Jackson was the third candidate to file after the clerk’s office opened. Seeking the office of district attorney, Jackson was glad the office opened early so he could file before district court started at 9 a.m.
After Jackson, candidates started to gather in the Minden Inn’s lobby to sign up for office.
Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District trustee Jerome Etchegoyhen Sr. filed along with Minden Town Board member Bob Hadfield.
Hadfield said this will be his sixth and last term on the town board.
“Ross (Chichester), Dave (Sheets) and I are all term-limited out,” he said.
Sheriff Ron Pierini, school board trustee Connie Wennhold, commission candidate Lloyd Higuerra, Tahoe Township Richard Glasson, Assessor Doug Sonneman, Gardnerville Town Board member Jerry Smith and Public Administrator Lynne EnEarl all filed before 9:20 a.m.
District 2 commissioner Dave Brady made the second race of the day official when he filed for election. Brady was appointed last year to fill out Jacques Etchegoyhen’s seat.
Also filing on Monday were Recorder Werner Christen and Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District trustees Al Wagner and Bruce Reavis.