Announcements

Pet adoption drive happening through holidays

November 25, 2014 — 

Nevada Human Society is hosting Home 4 the Holidays, a pet adoption drive to find homes for 1,000 dogs and cats, through Jan. 4.

All dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped, services that normally cost more than $240. Also available are a variety of small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and rats.

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Carson City Historical Society hosting Christmas party

November 20, 2014 — 

The Carson City Historical Society’s Christmas celebration offering culinary delights by Chef Mauricio will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at Bliss Mansion.

Dr. Michael Fischer will talk about the life and times of Samuel Post Davis, an early reporter and editor of the Nevada Appeal.

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Holiday events

November 18, 2014 — 

craft fairs

CCMS craft fair

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CASA donation

November 16, 2014 — 

Cynthia Bunt, assistant treasurer of Professional Saleswomen of Nevada, presents a check for $359.50 to Chris Bayer, director of Court Appointed Special Advocates.

For more information, go www.psn-nevada.com.

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Jennings to marry Hudson next year

November 16, 2014 — 

Tim Jennings of Carson City is pleased to announce the engagement of his daughter Amelia Elizabeth Jennings to Linn Edward Hudson. The bride-to-be is also the daughter of the late Deborah Jennings.

Amelia is a 2002 graduate of Carson High School and is employed at the Nevada Supreme Court.

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Military achievements: Douglas grad completes basic training

November 16, 2014 — 

Amy Cullen, a 2014 graduate of Douglas High School, graduated basic Army combat training on Oct. 9 at Fort Jackson, S.C., and is attending advanced individual training as a signals support systems specialist at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Upon graduation, Cullen, who graduated with top PT scores and sharpshooter recognition, will be stationed at Fort Carson, Colo.

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Annual spaghetti dinner benefits area students

November 14, 2014 — 

Dayton Township Kiwanis Club is holding its 25th annual spaghetti feed dinner, silent auction and raffle from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Dayton Elementary School.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children age 10 and younger. With the purchase of a pre-sold adult ticket, one child age 10 or younger receives a free ticket. Two free children’s tickets are permitted per family.

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Carson City birth announcements

November 9, 2014 — 

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center:

To Kelly and David Webster of Reno, a daughter, Alexandria Knight Webster, born Oct. 14, 2014, weighing 5 pounds and 9 ounces.

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Carson City supervisors to canvass vote on Nov. 12

November 5, 2014 — 

The Carson City Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, to canvass the 2014 vote in the Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center, 851 East William St.

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Group spreading happiness in Nevada Day parade

October 27, 2014 — 

Happiness Sprinkling Project, a group whose only objective is to spread happiness, is marching in the Nevada Day parade.

To participate, wear yellow and bring comfortable shoes and meet at 9 a.m. Nov. 1 on East John Street. Signs are provided as well as snacks and water. Friendly pets are welcome.

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Carson Tahoe Health Auxiliary raffling sesquicentennial pendant

October 27, 2014 — 

The Carson Tahoe Health Auxiliary will raffle a sesquicentennial pendant worth $550 in celebration of Nevada’s 150th birthday.

The turquoise pendant in the shape of the state is bordered by druzy quartz on two sides, signifying the Sierras. The Nevada-mined silver half-bezel and chain is designed and donated to the Auxiliary by Tobin Rupert, owner of Rupert’s Precision Gemcutting.

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Pioneer Awards honoring Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell

October 27, 2014 — 

Tickets are available for Northern Nevada Development Authority’s annual Pioneer Awards ceremony, which honors outstanding businesses and individuals in five counties, from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Carson Nugget Ballroom.

This year’s event will honor Mayor Bob Crowell. Rep. Mark Amodei will present and John Tyson will emcee.

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Carson City Raiders Boosters Christmas fundraiser set

October 27, 2014 — 

The Carson City Raiders Booster Club’s annual Christmas Commitment fundraiser for homebound seniors will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Carson Lanes Eleventh Frame Lounge, 4600 Snyder Ave.

All proceeds from the live auction, silent auction and raffles will be used to purchase Christmas gifts from the seniors’ wish lists, which are obtained from the Carson City Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program. The gifts are wrapped and delivered to recipients in mid-December.

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McAvoy Lane as Mark Twain performing for Storey County Library

October 27, 2014 — 

Home Means Nevada, a humorous hour-long story about Nevada told by McAvoy Layne as Mark Twain, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City.

The fundraiser for Storey County Library will include live music by Julie Machado and Tim Gorelangton.

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Golf tournament helps Carson City woman

October 27, 2014 — 

A golf tournament fundraiser is planned on Nov. 23 at Thunder Canyon County Club for Carson City’s Christy Joyce, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and will undergo a stem cell replacement procedure at Stanford Health Care.

The cost, which includes golf and lunch, is $125 per person or $450 for a team of four. The cost for lunch only is $40 for adults and $10 for children. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin.

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Carson City hosting talk by landscape artist

October 27, 2014 — 

The Capital City Arts Initiative will present “Art from Walking,” a talk by artist Emily Silver, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Business Resource Innovation Center, 108 E. Proctor St.

Silver, a former resident of Gardnerville, lives on the Pacific Coast and will talk about how the high desert influences her watercolor landscape paintings. Her presentation is a companion event to her CCAI residency planned for next summer.

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Carson City Photo Club meets today

October 27, 2014 — 

The Carson City Photo Club is meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office on Musser Street.

Attendees are asked to use the west entrance. All levels of photographers and cameras are welcome.

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Election 2014: State Assembly District 40

October 12, 2014 — 

Philip “PK” O’Neill

Residence: Carson City

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Election 2014: Congress District 2

October 12, 2014 — 

Mark Amodei

Residence: Carson City

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Election 2014: Nevada State Controller

October 12, 2014 — 

Tom Jones

Residence: Las Vegas

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Election 2014: Carson City Board of Supervisors, Ward 1

October 12, 2014 — 

Karen Abowd

Residence: Carson City

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Election 2014: Nevada Governor

October 12, 2014 — 

Brian Sandoval

Residence: Carson City

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Election 2014: Nevada Lt. Governor

October 12, 2014 — 

Lucy Flores

Residence: Las Vegas

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Election 2014: Nevada Secretary of State

October 12, 2014 — 

Barbara Cegavske

Place of residence: Las Vegas

Occupation: State Legislator and former Business Owner

Age: 63

Record of Service: Nevada State Assembly District 5 – 6 years; Nevada State Senate District 8 – 12 years

Education/degrees: Graduated Mayo High School in Rochester, Minnesota

Community College in Southern Nevada. (CSN)

Honors: Please visit affiliations tag on the website www.cegavskeforsos.com

Platform: The central focus of my campaign has been on the business and election aspects of the position.

One of my many goals will be to bring more businesses to Nevada. More businesses mean more jobs. My campaign is focused on how to grow business; investing in the best and brightest by encouraging innovation and new ideas. I will make the Secretary of State’s office a one stop shop for businesses. The business website will be enhanced and I will create a comprehensive online business portal that interfaces with all licensing authorities and local governments. I will strongly advocate policies that expand the number of companies and individuals choosing to operate in Nevada, and will provide our job creators with a firm commitment that Nevada stands solidly behind them. I am opposed to higher taxes and more regulations which will not produce a stable business environment.

My campaign will also focus on upholding our existing statutes relating to election laws. Having served as a member of the Legislative Operations & Elections Committee from 2003 to the current time, as well as chairing the committee in 2005 and 2007, I understand the importance of respecting and enforcing our election laws.

Contact: barbara@cegavskeforsos.com; https://twitter.com/votebarbara; www.facebook.com/votebarbara; www.cegavskeforsos.com; 702-873-0711

Kate Marshall

Residence: Reno

Occupation: Nevada State Treasurer

Age: 55

Party: Democrat

Record of service: Peace Corps; United States Department of Justice; State of Nevada Senior Deputy Attorney General; Nevada State Treasurer.

Education: University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts, English and Political Science; University of California, Berkeley – Boalt School of Law.

Honors: Kate received the 2013 “Organization of the Year – Government” award from the Institute for Financial Literacy. In 1994, she received the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division’s Outstanding Contribution Award, and in 1997 she received public acknowledgement for her work in the Antitrust Division from then United States Assistant Attorney General of Antitrust Joel Klein.

Platform: As Treasurer, I worked to save millions of dollars by making government more efficient, cutting spending and eliminating no-bid contracts that were draining the budget. I will take that approach of cutting waste and streamlining operations to the office of Secretary of State, work to make voting more accessible, safeguard every legal vote and ensure that there is no better place in America to build a business than Nevada.

Contact: info@katefornevada.com, www.katefornevada.com.

Election 2014: Nevada State Treasurer

October 12, 2014 — 

Dan Schwartz

Residence: Las Vegas

Occupation: President and CEO of Qiosk.com.

Age: 64

Party: Republican

Record of Service: United States Army, 1972-1974.

Education: BA, Princeton; JD, Boston University; MBA, Columbia.

Platform: The State Treasurer has several responsibilities. Two are most important — investing the State’s General Fund and defending the Millennium Scholarship. I will protect taxpayer’s dollars by earning a positive return on the State’s General Fund, which is currently losing money after inflation; and, I will seek to recover the $50 million stolen from the Permanent Education Fund to create a risky, Wall Street fund. I will use this money to create jobs through a micro-loan loan program; to strengthen qualified small businesses; and to restore funding to the Millennium Scholarship program. I have 35 years of financial experience, investing money and working across many sectors of finance. I have also successfully owned and managed several companies, so I understand what meeting payroll and putting people first mean. I have raised two daughters; I know what an education costs. I will put Nevada First, fighting for all Nevadans not just the chosen few. In short, the State Treasurer invests your money, the State Controller counts it. Asking the Controller to invest the State’s money is like asking a pole vaulter to sprint the 100 yard dash. Both are on the track team, but only one can run the course.

Contact: dan@dan4nevada.com, www.dan4nevada.com.

Kim Wallin

Residence: Washoe Valley

Occupation: Nevada State Controller

Age: 57

Party: Democrat

Record of Service: 7 years 8.5 months as Nevada State Controller; CPA, Certified Financial Manager, Certified Management Accountant.

Education: UNLV Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting.

Honors: 2003, Accounting Today recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in accounting in the country; 2006, “Woman CPA of the Year” of the entire country by the American Women’s Society of CPAs; 2008, Association of Government Accountants Presidents Award for improving transparency; 2011 National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurer’s President’s Award for improving government efficiency and accountability; 2013, The Excellence in Government Award by the AGA for advocating for improved accountability and transparency in government; 2013 NASACT President’s Award for improving disclosure of financial information for investors in municipal bonds.

Platform: As your State Treasurer, my number one priority will be to bring transparency to all of the economic development deals our state is entering into. All businesses who receive tax abatements and credits should come before the Board of Finance on an annual basis and report to the board what they have done for Nevada. Investments — I will maximize the return on our investments while adhering to sound, proven, and conservative investment policies and I will continue to bring proven business best-practices to government. Nevada Businesses — Nevada has many economic development programs to attract new businesses yet there are many businesses that have been here for years, through the good and bad times, that are being overlooked in our current economic development programs. These businesses often have difficulty borrowing money because their credit ratings have suffered as a result of difficulties due to the recession. A loan guarantee program, in collaboration with our community banks, may enable them to obtain the loans they need to expand or to purchase new equipment; creating new jobs for our state. Education — I will find a sustainable funding source for our Millennium Scholarship which is critical to Nevada’s future.

Contact: friendsofkimwallin@gmail.com, www.kimwallin.org.

Editor’s note: Independent American candidate Kress Cave didn’t respond to the candidate guide.

Election 2014: Nevada Attorney General

October 12, 2014 — 

Adam Laxalt

Residence: Henderson

Occupation: Attorney

Age: 36

Party: Republican

Record of Service: Active Duty Naval Service from 2005 to 2010 including a tour in Iraq during 2006-2007; Former Judge Advocate General; Former Special Assistant US Attorney; Former Assistant Professor of Law at the Naval Academy

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Member of the Board of Trustees; St. Thomas More Society of Nevada, Founder and Vice President.

Education: B.A. Georgetown University, Major in Government, 2001 Magna Cum Laude; J.D. Georgetown University 2005.

Honors: Adam served his country as a Judge Advocate General. For his exemplary service, Adam was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal, and his Unit was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy & Marine Achievement Medal (2); Joint Meritorious Unit Award; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal (2); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon; Navy Rifle Marksmanship; Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.

Platform: As a husband and a father, I know nothing is more important than keeping our families safe from dangerous criminals and predators. I want my daughter to inherit a stronger, safer Nevada. As a former Navy prosecutor and federal prosecutor, I know what it takes to protect our people and communities. As attorney general I will fight to fully prosecute criminals charged with violent crimes and property crimes to the fullest extent possible by law. As a father of a baby girl, I can tell you protecting our children is my top priority. I want to increase the penalties and law enforcement tools to go after child predators and especially when it comes to preying on our kids online. Far too often we’ve seen the federal government’s overreach tie the hands of Nevada’s job creators. Excessive regulations and mandates raise operating costs and stifle innovation, killing jobs. Nevadans know the ever-increasing interference out of Washington, D.C. makes it harder for the working people of Nevada and small business owners to create jobs and grow the economy. I will fight back against the policies that tie the hands of job creators here at home.

Contact: adam@adamlaxaltforag.com, www.AdamLaxaltforAG.com.

Ross Miller

Residence: Reno

Occupation: Nevada Secretary of State

Age: 38

Party: Democrat

Record of service:

Education: Law degree and a MBA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University.

Honors: His leadership was recognized by the Aspen Institute when he was selected one of “24 Rising Stars” in American governance by the Aspen Institute and awarded the Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership. He has also been recognized as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” by the Reno Gazette-Journal, and one of the “Men to Watch” by the Nevada Press Women.

Platform: Prior to being elected Secretary of State, I served as a deputy district attorney in Clark County. I prosecuted cases, winning convictions for offenses including murder, sexual assault, armed robbery, drug trafficking, and child molestation. In the Domestic Violence specialty Unit, I aggressively prosecuted crime against women, including rape, domestic battery and kidnapping. I understand first-hand the challenges faced by Nevadan polices officers. Due to my experience as a prosecutor and background, I have the endorsement of Nevada organizations and associations that represent over 4,000 public safety officers.

Editor’s Note: Independent American candidate Jonathan Hansen didn’t repsond.

Election 2014: State Senate, District 16

October 12, 2014 — 

John Everhart

Residence: Reno

Occupation: Retired

Party: Independent American

Record of service: US Army Helicopter Pilot, 1966-1971; Currently retired and living in Reno Nevada with my wife and son; I have worked in both the mining industry, and in the field of education.

Education: B.S. Mining Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 1974; M.Ed. University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, 1982.

Honors: Awarded the Distinguish Flying Cross and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star.

Platform: 1st priority — to have Nevada join other states rejecting the SCOTUS Citizens United ruling with an amendment to the US Constitution stating that, A. Money is not speech; B. Human beings, not corporations, are the persons entitled to Constitutional Rights. 2nd priority: To have a state budget that reflects the priorities of Nevada’s voters, within the revenues of Nevada, based on a fair revenue system, in which everyone pays their fair share — after fraud, waste and unnecessary/unwanted programs have been eliminated. 3rd priority: To have quality public education for our young people, and, if necessary, a state lottery to supplement the education budget. It is important to remember that the approval rating for our two-party political system reached an all time low of 8.4 percent last year. Clearly, the political bosses of the two-major parties are not listening. History has shown that when third party candidates do well in elections, the Republicans and Democrats will then pay attention to what the voters want. So I invite you to join me in voting against the business as usual, two-party political system, by voting for third party candidates of your choice.

Contact: 775-825-7848; yhowj7@yahoo.com

Ben Kieckhefer

Residence: Reno

Occupation: Communications and marketing professional

Age: 37

Party: Republican

Record of service: Nevada State Senate; 2010-Current; Assistant Minority Floor Leader; 2012-Current; Board Member; High Sierra Industries; Board Member; Nevada Youth Legislature; Board Member; Nevada Humane Society; Board Member; Jobs for America’s Graduates.

Education: DePaul University; Bachelors of Arts in English; University of Illinois, Springfield: Masters of Arts in Public Affairs Reporting.

Honors: Fellow; Aspen Rodell Fellowship in Public Leadership – 2013; Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network Twenty Under 40 Winner – 2011; Las Vegas Review Journal “Best Freshman Senator” - 2010.

Platform: Ben has spent his first term in the Nevada Senate focusing on ensuring a return on investment for taxpayers and accountability out of our government. He created Nevada’s first sunset commission to review state government, passed a key education reform to attract new teachers, and cracked down on child sex offenders. If re-elected, Ben will continue pushing for reforms to our education system that empower parents and families, maintain Nevada’s pro-business environment to support economic development and diversification, and strengthen our social safety net by ensuring accountability for tax dollars spent.

Contact: Ben@BenForNevada.com; www.BenforNevada.com; Twitter: @Ben_Kieckhefer; Facebook: facebook.com/BenKieckhefer.

Editor’s note: Democratic candidate Michael Kelley didn’t respond to the candidate guide.

Election 2014: Carson City District Attorney

October 12, 2014 — 

Mark Krueger

Residence: Carson City

Occupation: Assistant District Attorney

Age: 45

Record of service: I am currently honored to be the Assistant District Attorney for the Carson City District Attorney’s Office. I am the Chief of Staff and lead a team of 21 employees in prosecuting crimes and representing Carson City and its departments. I supervise the criminal and civil divisions and manage a 2.1 million dollar budget. Prior to joining the Carson City District Attorney’s office in September 2012, I worked as the Assistant District Attorney for the Lyon County District Attorney’s Office for six years. In Lyon County, I was the Chief of Staff, supervisor, manager of the DA’s budget and Chief legal counsel to Lyon County and its departments. Prior to joining the Lyon County District Attorney’s Office, I enjoyed being a Senior Deputy Attorney General with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, where I represented numerous state agencies and handled civil litigation on behalf of the State of Nevada. My primary focus was handling complex banking, financial and mortgage regulation and protecting citizens from mortgage fraud.

Education: I came to Carson City, Nevada in June, 1999, after earning a Juris Doctorate degree from California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, in December 1998. Prior to attending law school, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Wisconsin in May, 1994.

Honors: I have been a guest speaker, educator, and mentor, regarding various topics to help fight crime and protect the community. The locations I have lectured at include the Western Nevada College, the Washoe County Library, various law enforcement agencies, and various schools throughout Nevada. I have taught Police Officers Standards and Training on several occasions and will continue to do so. Recently I have been asked to speak at the Washoe County CAN conference during the first week of December. This will be a multidisciplinary conference on Child Maltreatment: Investigation through Prosecution, and Child Protective Enforcement Team (C.P.E.T).

Platform: Mark is a LEADER —

Loyal to my oath of office and the people of Carson City without compromise by special interest. I am committed to protecting the community and creating a team of exceptional prosecutors while preserving resources.

Experienced in criminal cases, civil litigation, managing people and promoting an innovative office while saving taxpayer money. As your Assistant DA, I have handled thousands of cases and have prosecuted over 38 jury trials.

Aware and will bring community awareness and education to prevent crime and promote public safety, such as the Business Protection and the S.A.V.E. (Stop Abuse of the Vulnerable and Elderly) Programs.

Determined and passionate about victims’ rights and will use Victim Services to help comfort victims of violent crimes and ensure that victims and our community are fully supported.

Enthusiastic about the future of the DA’s office and bringing innovative programs, such as the use of therapy dogs to alleviate the stress and fear that victims often experience.

Resolved to being tough on crime and protecting the community. The people of Carson City need a District Attorney on the side of victims. That’s me. My opponent is actively supported by criminal defense attorneys. I would appreciate your vote.

Contact: kruegerforda.com, krueger4da@gmail.com, 775-225-7159; P.O. Box 23, Carson City, NV 89702.

Jason Woodbury

Residence: Carson City

Occupation: Lawyer

Age: 41

Record of Service: 1998-99: Law Clerk to Judge Michael Griffin; 1999-2003: Deputy District Attorney in Carson City District Attorney’s Office under Noel Waters; 2003-2005: Solo private law practice in Carson City; 2005-present: attorney with Kaempfer Crowell in Carson City, partner since 2009.

Education: University of Nevada, 1995, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; minor in Criminal Justice; University of Utah School of Law, 1998, J.D.

Honors: Board Member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada since 2003; served as president (2008); Board Member of Western Nevada affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) (2013); Graduate of Leadership Carson City (2011); Preeminent rating of “AV” (highest available) by Martindale-Hubbell peer-review rating system; Named to Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation (2013-14); Nevada Business Magazine — 2013 Nevada Legal Elite; American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell — 2013 Top Rated Lawyer; Executive Editor of Utah Law Review (1997-98); Graduated with High Distinction from University of Nevada (1995); Named Most Outstanding Political Science Student, University of Nevada (1995).

Platform: There is room for improvement in the District Attorney’s office. The office has 21 employees. Since 2007, over 40 have left. Some turnover is expected — even healthy. But this alarming rate means something is wrong. It affects work quality and results in higher costs to taxpayers. The solution requires more than a tweak from current management. It’s going to take a culture change. The staff needs a leader in the District Attorney’s office. I have experience in both the criminal and civil divisions of our District Attorney’s office. But Carson City needs more. We need someone who will improve relationships with courts and law enforcement; someone who has successfully practiced privately for more than 10 years; made a payroll; controlled a budget; and managed personnel with respect. This city needs a leader in the District Attorney’s office. My wife Stacy and I are raising our family here. What my family wants from the District Attorney’s office is the same thing your family wants: protection. Protection from crime, protection of our freedom and protection of our way of life. Our families need a leader in the District Attorney’s office. I am that leader. I would appreciate your vote. Thank you.

Contact: 775-800-3503, woodburycampaign@gmail.com, www.jasonwoodbury.com, P.O. Box 22371, Carson City, Nevada 89721.

Election 2014: Carson City School Trustee, District 1

October 12, 2014 — 

Jim Bathgate

Residence: Carson City

Occupation: Adjunct professor of economics and math/statistics tutor at Western Nevada College and stay-at-home dad.

Age: 43

Education: M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Connecticut, B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Providence College.

Honors: Endorsed by the Carson City Republican Central Committee.

Platform: I have a passion for teaching and have worked with students of all ages and backgrounds. My experience as a professor and tutor has given me insight into the skills children need to excel in college and the workplace. As an economist, I understand the need for efficiency when dealing with scarce resources. I will advocate for taxpayers and make sure our taxes go to support student achievement while minimizing administrative overhead and waste. My economics background will provide a new perspective for evaluating district planning, personnel and school finance issues. My focus if elected: Preparing students for college – All families should have high academic expectations for both their children and the schools they attend. Schools need to focus on proven methods of education and hold students to high standards. Preparing students for 21st century jobs – For students who are not college bound, I would continue to support and, if possible, enhance Career and Technical Education opportunities by strengthening ties between local business and schools. I love Carson City and want to contribute to the community. I will provide a perspective that is not currently represented on the school board. I would appreciate your support on Election Day.

Contact: 775-721-1698, jbforschoolboard@yahoo.com, www.jimbathgate.com.

Ron Swirczek

Residence: Carson City

Occupation: Retired from the State of Nevada

Record of service: Retired from State of Nevada; Deputy Legislative Auditor, Legislative Counsel Bureau; General Manager, Office of State Controller; Supervisor, Local Government Finance (including School Districts), Department of Taxation; Administrator, Division of Industrial Relations; Deputy Director, Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation workforce education and job training programs; Part-time accounting instructor, Western Nevada College; Former Business Owner: Carson Bike & Ski Shop; U.S. Army, 1960-1963; Carson City School Board Trustee, 2010-present; Carson City School District involvement, 2009-present; Participant, Strategic Advisory Committee; Member, School District Master Plan Committee; Community Relations and Education Sub-Committees; Bond Oversight Committee; Community Partnerships strategic planning sub-group; Regional Workforce Education Committee, Northern Nevada Development Authority; Carson City Board of Supervisors (1987-1991); Mayor Pro-Tem; Liaison, Carson City School District; Member, Finance and Legislative Committees; Carson Water Sub-Conservancy District; Carson City Capital Projects Advisory Committee (Public Safety Complex).

Education: M.A. Degree, Public Administration, University of Nevada, Reno; B.A. Degree, Sociology, California State University, Long Beach; A.A. Degree, accounting emphasis, Long Beach City College.

Honors: New School Board Member of the Year, 2013, Nevada; Association of School Boards, for contributing to student achievement and success; School Board of the Year, 2013, awarded to the Carson City School District Board of Trustees for the consistent use and development of skills and programs focused on board-superintendent cooperation and teamwork to improve student achievement.

Platform: In 2010, I observed that Carson City did not have a forward-looking strategic plan to create the extraordinary schools needed for our children’s futures. I believed instead that our community should define educational goals and bring a plan to the school board. Though state and federal mandates define minimum standards, I believed that the community, with the school board and superintendent, should plan for goals that surpass the minimums and include new skills required for student success, such as technology literacy, global awareness and real-world practical application. In order to begin that process, I ran for School District Trustee and was elected in 2011. Within nine months, the community built and presented to the school board a 5-year strategic plan, Empower Carson City 2017. If re-elected, I will work toward full implementation of this strategic plan, which requires continuous community input and oversight to: 1) connect students with the real world; 2) engage families with their students’ educations; 3) promote optimal student wellness; 4) create curricula that combines the strengths of traditional learning with evolving technology; 5) nurture community partnerships; 6) graduate career/college-ready, civic-minded students; 7) provide early childhood education for all students; 8) support innovative teachers, administrators and staff.

Contact: rcswirczek@pyramid.net.

Election 2014: Carson City School Trustee, District 3

October 12, 2014 — 

David Carter

Residence: Carson City

Occupation: Former executive director of fiscal services, Capistrano Unified School District, semi-retired

Age: 58

Record of service: 33 years of accounting experience, including 25 years with California School Districts, includes seven years as Director of Fiscal Services at Mono County Office of Education (Bridgeport, Calif.).

Education: National University, Los Angeles, Calif.; Master in Business Administration, emphasis in Financial Management, 1986; Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, Bachelor of Science, major in Accounting, minor in Business Administration 1980.

Platform: Opposed to Margin Tax Initiative (Question 3). There is no guarantee that the funds given to the Distributive Student Account through this law, if passed, would not be pulled from existing funds in the DSA. It also hurts local and statewide business. Small businesses will be hurt, but Tesla gets exemptions? Opposed to Common Core. Many reasons, including the NEW Math protocol and the student/parent data collection required. California and New York allow parents/students to opt out — why not Nevada?

Contact: dwc4carsonschoolward3@gmail.com; Facebook: dwc4carsonschoolward3; dwc4carsonschoolward3.com; 775-297-3665.

Stacie Wilke

Residence: Carson City

Record of service: Born and raised in Carson City, graduated CHS in 1983. I have been actively involved in the Carson City schools and the community since 1999. This includes leadership role in PTA’s, Pop Warner, Northern Nevada Children’s Museum, Parks and Recreation commission and Democratic Women’s Club. I was elected to my first term for District 3 in 1999, then appointed again in 2009 and elected in 2010.

Platform: These are exciting and challenging times in our school district. We are in our second year of Race to the Top, the first year of our 1:1 Mobile rollout and first year of all day kindergarten. Our challenge now is providing the upper level of education without having any excess ending fund balance to draw from. This the biggest issue facing the school board in the next fiscal year along with the challenges of a new legislative session. This is why we must stay true to “Empower Carson City 2017.” Empower 2017 is the strategic plan that the School Board adopted in 2012 after tremendous collaboration by students, teachers, parents, community members and the business community for over a year. (Empower Carson City 2017/ strategic plan can be found at www.carsoncityschools.com). As a Board, we are committed to these stakeholders to do the following five goals in five years: 1) Community in Full Partnership, 2) Engage Parents and Guardians, 3) Healthy Generations of Carson Students, 4) Curriculum that Matters and 5) Exceptional Administrators, Teachers and Staff. These goals are then broken down into objectives. My goal if re-elected is make sure “Empower 2017” is a reality by 2017.

Contact: 775-287-1858, cell; 775-857-0234, work; tahoeskier2@gmail.com; Twitter: @stacie wilke.

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