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September 8, 2012
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Bonkowski: ‘I have no conflicts’Fred Voltz’ letter of Aug. 3 stated: “Supervisor candidate Brad Bonkowski has a property management contract with the Nugget/ Adams/Neighbors entities for their downtown Carson City real estate ... the same real estate that will be impacted by the City Center project.”This is absolutely false. I have no management contracts or any other relationship with Steve Neighbors, the Nugget or the Adams Trust, have never received contributions from any of these parties and wouldn’t accept them if offered.To paraphrase his comments: “Public officials earn our trust by disclosing key information and make important public decisions with measured, thoughtful research and objective judgments.” I spoke to the DA and other attorneys about my current business interests and I have no conflicts. I will certainly recuse myself if a conflict occurs in the future.He also added that my website states that I support the City Center Project. It does not. My position on the Nugget project has not changed: I support redevelopment in general, especially private development, but will keep an open mind about every proposal, including the Nugget project. I can only support or oppose a project once I have completed my thoughtful research. Then, and only then, can I make a measured, objective judgment based on the facts. As any developer will tell you, this only happens at the end of the process, which can take months or years. I would certainly hope that this is what the citizens want of me as well.Brad BonkowskiCandidate for Ward 2 SupervisorBonkowski: ‘I have no conflicts’Fred Voltz’s letter of Aug. 3 stated: “Supervisor candidate Brad Bonkowski has a property management contract with the Nugget/Adams/Neighbors entities for their downtown Carson City real estate ... the same real estate that will be impacted by the City Center project.”This is absolutely false. I have no management contracts or any other relationship with Steve Neighbors, the Nugget or the Adams Trust, have never received contributions from any of these parties and wouldn’t accept them if offered.To paraphrase his comments: “Public officials earn our trust by disclosing key information and make important public decisions with measured, thoughtful research and objective judgments.” I spoke to the DA and other attorneys about my current business interests and I have no conflicts. I will certainly recuse myself if a conflict occurs in the future.He also added that my website states that I support the City Center Project. It does not. My position on the Nugget project has not changed: I support redevelopment in general, especially private development, but will keep an open mind about every proposal, including the Nugget project. I can only support or oppose a project once I have completed my thoughtful research. Then, and only then, can I make a measured, objective judgment based on the facts. As any developer will tell you, this only happens at the end of the process, which can take months or years. I would certainly hope that this is what the citizens want of me as well.Brad BonkowskiCandidate for Ward 2 SupervisorBonkowski isn’t a one-issue candidateAre we that desperate for gossip? Are we so in love with shock politics that we can’t be bothered to fact check anything?There have been letters in the Appeal recently that attack supervisor candidate Brad Bonkowski for everything from being a front for special interests (Realtors, builders, trade unions), secretly supporting the Nugget project (he supports redevelopment, but if you think he supports the Nugget project, watch the video of the City Center Citizen’s Advisory Committee meetings at http://www.acctv.org/programs/carson-city-government-meetings/nugget-advisory-committee/), managing the Nugget/Neighbors/Adams Trust properties (neither Brad nor his office manages any property for any of these groups), straddling the fence on the Nugget project (anyone familiar with the way development projects work knows that the decision is always made at the end of the due diligence period and not up front), to having his campaign financed by Steve Neighbors (Brad has never received a dime from Steve Neighbors, the Nugget, or the Adams Trust nor would he accept these contributions if they were offered.)Do you see a theme here? The real facts are that Brad doesn’t even see the Nugget project as one of the top five issues facing the city. Brad is not a one-issue candidate. He looks forward to serving Carson City and working on real issues instead of only talking about one tired subject that will be decided by voters in November. Is anyone listening?Barbara BuchananCarson City



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