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McDermid announces re-election bid

by Sheila Gardner
Nancy McDermid

Douglas County Commissioner Nancy McDermid announced this week she is seeking re-election to her third and final term.

First elected to the board in 2006, McDermid, a Republican, preceded that by four years on the county planning commission.

“People ask me sometimes, ‘Do you like it?’ If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t do it,” McDermid said. “I would hope I have a record that people would support for another four years.”

With her tenure, McDermid said she has had the opportunity to see projects from inception to implementation.

She cited the $16.9 million Douglas County Community & Senior Center on Waterloo in Gardnerville at the top of her list for 2014-15.

“It needs to be on schedule, on budget and to exceed expectation,” McDermid said.

The center is to open in February 2015.

McDermid said if the county had not had the positive experience with the Kahle Community Center at the Lake, she would not have supported the Carson Valley facility.

“At the Kahle center, it says it’s not just the community center, it’s the center of our community,” she said.

When McDermid was elected to the board, an initiative to control county growth had been passed by voters. That was the same time of the master plan update dealing with similar issues.

Then, in 2008, the bottom fell out in Douglas County and the rest of the country.

As a result, the county had to tighten its belt and implement measures to deal with the recession.

“As things begin to come back, we’re prepared,” McDermid said. “We’ve done a lot of intense planning.”

From staff reductions to development of public-private partnerships, McDermid said she believes the county is poised to meet the challenges.

Steps taken over the past years are in line with priority-based budgeting and the county’s strategic plan.

“Our focus is on community, economy, finances and infrastructure, some things overlap,” she said. “My focus is on finding solutions. We’ve done the planning, now, let’s do the implementation.”

McDermid said her years as an elected official have taught her patience, and to be a good listener.

“I do a lot of homework,” she said. “I think the planning commission was training for the Board of Commissioners. My kids would be shocked to hear me say I don’t have all the answers. We work collaboratively — as a team — to solve whatever the problems are.”

McDermid is fond of the philosophy that government moves at the speed of molasses, and democracy is messy.

“Some things have to percolate,” McDermid said. “I try to look at all perspectives and do a lot of listening. I learn from my fellow commissioners, constituents and staff. When I go to the grocery store or the post office, people want to talk to me and I listen.”

McDermid has been a Douglas County resident for more than 20 years. She originally lived at Lake Tahoe.

“Growing up in Texas, I wanted to live in the mountains,” she said.

She now lives in Genoa Lakes, and represents District 4 which includes the west side of Carson Valley, from Indian Hills through Genoa, and the Ridge area at Lake Tahoe.

“With the ranches here, I have almost as many cattle as people in my district,” she said.

McDermid said her focus is on the balancing act of preserving the county’s past as well as planning for the future.

“It’s been very important to protect our natural resources. We have view sheds, productive lands. In many areas, those aren’t protected. We’re very blessed that the people who own these large parcels are dedicated to that,” she said.

McDermid, who turns 71 in February, has a background in education, business, retail and the hospitality industry.

“I grew up on a family farm and ranch in Texas. I’ve had a lot of different experiences. We moved to the California side of Tahoe in the ‘70s, then moved to the Nevada side. I had an opportunity to move to the Carson Valley. I love it here, too. I love the four seasons.”

McDermid has three children, six grandchildren, six adopted grandchildren, a great-grandson and a great-granddaughter due in February.

Election filing opens March 3.