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Update: Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell will seek third term

John Barrette
jbarrette@nevadaappeal.com

Mayor Bob Crowell chats with the Boys and Girls Club's Susie Messina at 'Soup's On!' at the Gold Dust West Wednesday afternoon.

Mayor Robert Crowell will seek a third term, he announced Friday.

The mayor, during a breakfast meeting that included a range of ethnic and business people at La Posada Real restaurant, said he wants to continue working to grow Carson City, as well as help diversify the economy and promote an inclusive state capital in which children are raised safely and seniors want to retire.

"Today I'm going to announce that I'm going to run for a third term as mayor," Crowell said. He mentioned recent kudos from a retirement-oriented website that billed Nevada's capital as among the top 10 places to live when working days are over, calling that important, but also said it isn't sufficient.

"It doesn't sustain itself over time," he said of any city focused solely on retirees. He said Carson City's economy is on the move, city government is building on that via new projects, and he wants participation from everyone.

Citing the $8.5 multi-purpose athletic center (MAC) almost built, the $4 million animal shelter starting soon and the multi-million dollars for a downtown makeover next year, plus eventual upgrades for other business corridors, the mayor said city government seeks to capitalize on a 150 year legacy and forge forward based on a 2006 community master plan.

He said nobody likes tax increases, but roughly half of a one-eighth of a penny city sales tax hike helping do capital improvement projects will be provided by visitors. He also said completion of the I-580 freeway bypass, plus other roadway connections and new Northern Nevada industries, will bring perhaps 50,000 new people to the region over time. He said the city and city government must take advantage of that.

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Crowell said it provides the city an opportunity to "grab ahold of what I call the brass ring" as the region diversifies with the likes of Tesla Motors, SWITCH, Apple and smaller firms locate nearby or here.

From not long after he first took office in 2009 until now, Crowell said, the city's jobless rate has been cut by half. He said he'd like to take credit for cutting it from about 14 percent to 7 percent, but can't.

"That's the benefit of a community working together," said the mayor, an attorney and former school board member. In a news release with prepared remarks that accompanied his verbal announcement, the mayor expanded on his views.

"I believe in a community where citizens of all ages, demographics and ethnic backgrounds can feel safe and be part of a greater whole," Crowell said, "where differing ideologies and opinions are respected. Mutual respect and inclusivity are at the core of creating a sustainable quality of life in Carson City."

A press release from Mayor Bob Crowell:

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell announced his bid for re-election during a breakfast meeting of minority business leaders on November 6. Crowell said he invited the group to listen to their input on the issues that matter to them, update them on what’s going on in the community and region and to let them know that they are an important part of the Carson City community.

“I believe in a community where citizens of all ages, demographics and ethnic backgrounds can feel safe and be part of a greater whole, where differing ideologies and opinions are respected,” Crowell said. “Mutual respect and inclusivity are at the core of creating a sustainable quality of life in Carson City.”

Crowell said that after some 30 years of effort, Nevada is finally on the brink of achieving economic diversification, particularly with the “brass ring” handed to Northern Nevada by Tesla, Switch, Apple and others. With thanks to a hard working community, Carson City is primed to participate in the benefits and challenges of such diversification.

“The new freeways between Carson City, Reno and east toward Fernley are going to lead to a huge economic and demographic diversification in our area,” he said. “With the imminent completion of the Carson City by-pass it also means we must finish the task of creating attractive and appealing corridor entrances to our city as well as our downtown core.”

Crowell said the city has taken some rather large steps towards creating the infrastructure suggested in Envision 2006, the 2006 Carson City Master Plan. It is now time to build on that infrastructure to bring the community’s vision to fruition.

“While we still have more to do, the basic infrastructure has been created,” he said. “To realize the full potential of these infrastructure changes it is important to support community implementation efforts. At the end of the day, we want to have Carson City, the capital of our great state, present a face that can be looked upon with pride by all.”

Citing Carson City’s progress in building a biking and walking friendly community with plenty of open space thanks to Question 18, a flourishing arts community, a first class hospital and state of the art cancer treatment center and children’s sports programs, museum and the Boys & Girls Club, to mention but a few, Crowell said Carson City is not just a nice place to live, work, play and raise a family, it also has the ability to sustain such quality of life though the decades.

“We are seeking a sustainable community that lives up to our City motto—Proud of our Past, Confident in our Future,” he said. “We have lots of places for all our residents to enjoy a quality of life that is unparalleled anywhere in the United States of America, and quite frankly, in my opinion, anywhere in the world.”

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