Del Carlo, Lafrance campaign for district 9
A race for a position that not many people are familiar with will be on the ballots come November.
Board of Regents is an independent governing body that oversees a states public colleges and universities.
They oversee the budget and policy for the higher education system.
Two women from Incline Village are running for Board of Regents, District 9 that encompasses nine counties including Douglas.
Carol Del Carlo, a Republican, has been out in the community introducing herself to constituents and attending luncheons like the Douglas County Republican Women’s luncheon and the Sierra Nevada Republican Women’s luncheon.
“I want to run because I have the time, interest and opportunity,” said Del Carlo.
Del Carlo has degrees in business administration and human resources management, and worked for General Motors Service Parts Operation for 21 years.
Robert Davidson who was appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval currently holds the seat she is running for, but he is choosing not to remain in the position.
The 6-year seat is available until 2018, so whoever wins in November would have to run again for election at that time.
Del Carlo said that if elected she would focus on career technical education, proper funding for community college and the cooperative extension program which she said will help support agriculture in rural counties.
“I deeply care about education and my home state,” said Del Carlo.
Del Carlo said that a four-year education is important, but some careers require technical training and education, and that’s where community colleges come in.
With a diversified economy, and more high tech companies coming to the silver state, like Tesla, Del Carlo said they need to focus on getting people adequate training to get these jobs.
A self-proclaimed fiscally conservative Republican, Del Carlo said that she will focus on the budget and how to make it work in regards to the nine counties in which she would serve.
“I want to be a strong voice for them,” said Del Carlo.
Del Carlo said she plans to do some door to door campaigning, and anything she can to introduce herself to the community.
“It’s all about public service and serving citizens of Nevada,” said Del Carlo.
Her opponent, Sara Lafrance, has experience in higher education, business, internal financing and software.
“I really understand the whole concept of budget,” said Lafrance. “I know how to decide what’s important.”
Lafrance and her husband owned a software company in the Bay Area for 23 years before selling the company and moving to Incline.
She decided that she wanted a change after working in software for so long and got involved in English as a second language tutoring and decided to get involved with the University of Nevada, Reno.
Since returning to Nevada in 1998, Lafrance has served on a number of boards including The University of Nevada Foundation Board of Trustees, The University of Nevada College of Engineering Advisor Board, The University of Nevada College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board and the Nevada Research Corporation.
In 2011 Lafrance was named the University of Nevada’s “Alumna of the Year” and was the commencement speaker for the colleges of engineering and science in May 2015.
Lafrance said that since her district encompasses so many counties, she would like to focus on making education easier to obtain in rural counties.
“The further you get from the colleges, the harder it is to get an education,” said Lafrance.
Lafrance said she has been traveling to her various counties to better understand the educational needs of her district.
“With a technological boom of companies coming into the state looking for employees, it is vital there be appropriate training to meet the demands,” said Lafrance. “With what appears to be a swell of opportunity, it would be most unfortunate if we don’t train our own.”
Both candidates will be on the November ballot.