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Sierra Nevada GOP Women offer second candidate’s night

by Nancy Miluck

The second in a series of “Meet the Republic Candidates” luncheons hosted by Sierra Nevada Republican Women will feature State Controller candidates Kathy Augustine and Wally Earhart, and Dr. Ralph Stephens, who is opposing Congressman John Ensign in the U.S. Senate race, Wednesday, July 8, at the Carson Valley Country Club in Gardnerville.

Ensign is unable to attend the meeting, but is expected to address the group at a later date.

Ensign’s opponent in the Republican primary election is a Las Vegas opthamologist. Stephens was born and raised in Las Vegas, attended Harvard University on a full scholarship and received his medical education from Albany Medical College and the University of Iowa opthamology speciality training. He served as an Indian reservation surgeon on the Crow Agency Reservation in Montana and practiced for a year in Las Vegas, N.M., before returning to Nevada in 1969.

His concerns are with public health and medical care.

Winner of the Republican primary election in September will face Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat, in the November general election.

Augustine has served as state senator from 1994 until the present and state assemblywoman from 1992-94, worked in private industry and taught in the diocese of Reno/Las Vegas. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and a master of public administration from California State University, Long Beach.

Earhart of Carson City is also a candidate for state controller. He has made appearances lately as Abraham Lincoln in living history presentations and has been employed for almost two decades as a utility analyst for the department of taxation. After growing up in Ohio, he graduated from the University of Akron and received a master’s degree from University of Nevada, Reno.

As ex-officio state fiscal officer, the State Controller serves on the state board of finance and the department of transportation board of directors. Current State Controller Daryl Aines is retiring from office at the end of his term.

Monthly meetings are held at the Carson Valley Country Club on the second Wednesday of each month. For reservations, contact Acting President Jerry Bing, 265-2352, and leave a message. Choice of lunch is either one-half crab sandwich or cheeseburger.

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