Coverley wins sheriff’s race
County Commissioner District 2
John Engels 4,445
Steve Thaler 4,011
County Commissioner District 4
Wes Rice 4,420
Janet Murphy 3,968
Douglas County Assessor
Trent Tholen 4,222
Dion Etchegoyhen 4,006
Douglas County Public Administrator
Steve Walsh 4,295
Debbie Logan 3,241
Douglas County Sheriff
Dan Coverley 6,954
Joe Duffy 3,173
Dave Brady 1,971
Dean Paris 830
One election that wasn’t close on Tuesday was Capt. Dan Coverley’s victory over three opponents to win the sheriff’s race convincingly enough to avoid a general election run-off.
Coverley received 6,954 votes, or 53.8 percent of the total.
Fellow Capt. Joe Duffy received 3,173 votes or nearly a quarter of the vote, while challenger Dave Brady won 1,971 votes and Dean Paris received 830 votes.
“I’m pretty excited,” Coverley said. “With four candidates, I felt the vote would be spread out. I was just hoping to finish in the top two in the primary. It was a huge surprise. It is very humbling to have this support in the community.”
Coverley thanked his supporters and voters.
“It’s a little intimidating,” he said. “When people have that much faith and confidence in you, you have to be able to deliver.”
Duffy said he was glad someone from the Sheriff’s Office won the race.
“It’s been quite a journey,” he said. “You don’t know how you’re going to do until give it a shot.”
Duffy congratulated Coverley.
“I’m so glad one of the two of us won,” he said. “Dan is great guy and he’ll do a great job.”
Brady wished Coverley the best.
Paris acknowledged he was the underdog from the start.
“This was a learning experience for me,” he said. “I think I did pretty good for being an outsider. I got my feet in the water. The biggest thing was getting my name out there. I will keep doing good things and see what will happen in a couple of years.”
While not the closest race, Commission Chairman Steve Thaler’s defeat at the hands of District 2 challenger John Engels was the Election Day upset on Tuesday night.
Engels won the Republican primary, 4,445 to 4,011 or by just over 5 percent of the vote.
“I’m about as surprised as everyone else,” Engels said on Tuesday. “It’s pretty hard to knock off a sitting incumbent. Now it’s really time to get down to where the rubber hits the road. All these folks expect something of me and I really don’t want to let them down.”
Thaler said he was humbled by the support he received from family, friends and the community.
“I’m proud of what we’ve done in this three and a half years and the clean campaign we’ve run,” Thaler said. “I wish my opponent the best.”
District 4 commission candidate Wes Rice won his race against Janet Murphy by 452 votes, also about 5 percent.
“The results were surprising to me, but I’m delighted I’m in,” he said. “I’m very disappointed that Steve didn’t make it. He’s done a marvelous job, and I was really looking forward to working with him. I’ll do everything in my power to make sure this county stays as beautiful and wonderful as it is.”
Murphy congratulated Rice and thanked her supporters.
She said she felt the establishment lined up against her campaign.
“I was honored by the fact my opposition needed to hire a professional political manager,” she said. “They pulled out every stop, all for a county commissioner race. That’s why I said I feel honored, they must be threatened or intimidated.”
By far the closest race of the night was for Douglas County assessor, where Trent Tholen defeated Dion Etchegoyhen, 4,222 to 4,006.
“I had a feeling it was going to be like that,” Tholen said on election night. “I’m excited the voters gave me the opportunity and looking forward to what we’re going to do with the office.”
In the race for public administrator, Steve Walsh defeated Debbie Logan, 4,295 votes to 3,241.
Douglas County voters followed the state, with U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and challenger Jacky Rosen going on to general, while Rep. Mark Amodei will face Clint Koble.
Steve Sisolak and Adam Laxalt will face off for governor.
The county also followed state lines in the race for lieutenant governor nominating Kate Marshall and Michael Roberson.
Aaron Ford and Wes Duncan will face each other for attorney general.
For complete results see Friday’s edition of The Record-Courier.