Monday last day to file for office in Douglas County |

Monday last day to file for office in Douglas County

by Andy Bourelle, Staff Writer

More than 50 people have filed for county, town and general improvement district seats since filing began May 4; however, most county incumbents, with a few exceptions, are currently running unopposed.

Lake resident Kirk Ledbetter filed Friday for the district four seat of the Board of Douglas County Commissioners. Kirk Ledbetter, 39, is challenging incumbent Don Miner, 58, for the office. Both men are Republicans.

Qualifications for county offices include being a resident within the district for 30 days before filing, being a registered voter and being a United States citizen.

The filing fee, which ranges from nothing to $100 depending on the office, must be in cash, cashier’s check or money order.

Douglas County offices available include assessor, clerk-treasurer, district attorney, public administrator, recorder, sheriff and two county commission seats. Other offices include seats on various general improvement district boards of trustees, the school board, East Fork and Tahoe Township constables and Gardnerville, Minden and Genoa town boards.

Those seeking public office can file Monday, until 5 p.m., at the county clerk’s office at the Minden Inn.

The only primary county office which no one has filed for yet is for a seat on the Douglas County School District Board of Trustees, district seven. District seven includes most of Gardnerville and Minden, and the length of the term is four years.

Recent filings include:

n Tahoe Township constable.

“Wild” Bill Kerr, 71, of Stateline filed Monday for the position which has turned out to be one of the busiest races in the county. He is the third person to file for the office.

“I work well with the sheriff’s department,” Kerr said. “I know the law enforcement business.”

Before retiring to the Tahoe area 10 years ago, Kerr worked for the San Bernardino, Calif., Sheriff’s Department. Kerr, a Republican, said the name “Wild Bill” has been with him for a long time, since he lived in the wilderness of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Wes Rice, 55, of Round Hill and the current constable Roger Hargis, 54, of Stateline both filed for the the office on May 4. Both men are Republicans.

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