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Douglas election season officially starts Monday

Election season officially starts Monday in Douglas County when filing opens for judicial positions.

District Judges Michael Gibbons and Tod Young plan on being at the Douglas County Clerk's Office first thing to file for their seats. Gibbons will be seeking a fourth full term in office. Young will seek his first elected term after being appointed to retiring Judge Dave Gamble's seat. Filing for judges is open through Jan. 17. The district court judges are the only countywide judicial offices up for election. Two Nevada supreme court seats are also up in 2014.

With filing in nonjudicial races three months away, there are already two contests announced.

Sheriff Ron Pierini is facing a challenge from former County Commissioner Dave Brady.

District 39 Asssemblyman Jim Wheeler has an announced competitor in Gardnerville resident Robin Reedy.

Douglas County's other legislative seat, held by State Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, is up this year. It will be the first election for Settelmeyer's redrawn district, which now includes all of Douglas County.

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A slough of state and county offices are up for election this year, including the seats held by county commissioners Lee Bonner and Nancy McDermid.

Assessor Doug Sonnemann and Recorder Karen Ellison have both announced they're seeking re-election.

Also up in 2014 are the seats held by Clerk-Treasurer Ted Thran, District Attorney Mark Jackson, Public Administrator Claudette Springmeyer, and East Fork Constable Paul Gilbert.

Three school board seats are up for election, including those being held by Sharla Hales, Thomas Moore and Ross Chichester. Hales is termed out this year, so her area 2 seat will be without an incumbent. Moore serves in Area 6 and Chichester in Area 7.

Also holding elections this year will be Douglas County's 21 districts and three towns, each of which has a minimum of two seats open.

State offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, controller and attorney general are also up this year. All office holders but Gov. Brian Sandoval are termed out this election, including Stateline resident Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki.

Rep. Mark Amodei's congressional seat is also up for election. Amodei represented western Douglas County in the Nevada legislature, and is a Carson City resident.

As of Dec. 1, there were 32,700 registered voters in Douglas County. Republicans make up slightly more than half that number with 16,711. There are 8,496 Democrats in the county and 5,239 nonpartisan voters. The Independent American Party is the third largest party in the county with 1,748 voters. There are also 281 Libertarians, 98 Green Party members, 10 members of the Natural Law Party and 117 members of other parties.