Election year starts this month with judicial candidate filing
While it may have seemed that election season has been under way since last summer, the rubber will hit the road on Monday when judicial candidate filing starts.
District Judge Tom Gregory’s seat is the only Douglas County judicial position up for election. Gregory was appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to Judge Michael Gibbons District II seat after Gibbons was selected to Nevada’s first appeals court.
Gibbons and the other two members of the Nevada Appeal’s Court are also up for election this year.
Judicial filing wraps up on Jan. 15.
In February, both Republicans and Democrats will conduct their caucuses and accompanying presidential selection.
Democrats meet on Feb. 20, where they will divide delegates between presidential nominees, as well as select delegates and start on their platform. Republicans meet Feb. 23, where they will participate in a presidential preference poll, elect delegates to the county convention and work on suggestions for the party platform.
In order to participate in the meetings and platform setting, voters must be registered in their party of choice. Qualified voters or those who will be 18 by Nov. 8 may register at Democrats’ caucus. Republicans must register to vote before Feb. 12 to participate. Republicans are accepting absentee ballots from active duty military and their dependents for the presidential preference polls.
The election focus will shift to the local March 7-18, when filing for nonjudicial candidates takes place.
Assemblyman Jim Wheeler’s seat is up for election every two years. Filing for that position is conducted at the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office.
Three Douglas County commissioners’ seats are up for election this year.
Chairman Doug Johnson is only the second commissioner in Douglas County history to hit the 12-year term limit. Republican Larry Walsh has announced his intention to seek Johnson’s seat.
Commissioner Barry Penzel has announced he will seek a second term on the county board. Commissioner Greg Lynn’s second term is also up this year.
Four seats on the Douglas County School Board are up for election this year, some of which are term-limited out. Cindy Trigg and Teri Jamin have served out their limit. Karen Chessell’s seat is up for election, as is Neal Freitas’.
Both county commission and school board seats have geographic districts, which determine where a candidate can live, but are elected at large.
County commissioner is a partisan office, which has been filled by Republicans for most of the last 60 years. Nevada has a closed primary, which means voters only see candidates in their party on the ballot. School board trustees are nonpartisan offices, so they appear on everyone’s ballots. Independent and nonpartisan voters do not get to vote in partisan races during the primary, which is June 14.
Also up for election are trustees of the score of towns and districts across the county. Those trustees are elected by residents living within their districts.