Hettrick takes easy win over Edwards | RecordCourier.com

Hettrick takes easy win over Edwards

by Christy Chalmers, staff writer

Incumbent Assemblyman Lynn Hettrick easily won another term, beating Democratic challenger Willie Edwards by a 75-25 percent margin.

Hettrick, R-Gardnerville, was confident Tuesday as he watched early vote and absentee ballot totals come in. Those groups set a lead that was never challenged. A total of 17,240 votes were cast in the race.

“I’m pleased the voters didn’t listen to the rhetoric,” said Hettrick. “They overlooked that and looked at the big picture.”

Hettrick, who took office in 1993, will be starting his fifth 2-year term. He is the Assembly minority leader and emphasized his seniority during the campaign, arguing it would help Douglas County and northern Nevada as the legislature reconfigures its districts throughout the state in 2001.

Edwards, who lives in Gardnerville, turned the tables in the Dresslerville precinct, a traditionally Democratic precinct, and took more more 79 percent of the vote there. He was philosophical about the outcome and said he’ll be back in 2002.

“My primary goal was to build the Democratic party and the other was to run a credible race against Lynn,” he said. “This was a dry run to see what it would take. 2002 is coming up. I have to figure out a way to see if I can get my issues out there.”

Assembly District 39 covers Douglas County and parts of Carson City.