Incumbent county commissioner Carl Trink was rejected by Storey County voters in favor of Republican Bob Kershaw.
Meanwhile, Democrat Dennis Miller defeated opponent Faith St. Clair to meet Kershaw in the Nov. 7 general election.
Five candidates represented a range of agendas and opinions in Storey County's Republican race for commissioner.
Kershaw received 231, or 41.8 percent of the vote. Juanita Cox came in second with 139 votes, and incumbent Trink was soundly defeated with just 83. Newcomer Sharnel Silvey received just 64 votes, and Phillip A. Oldani came in last with 36.
Trink said his loss was due to the fact that he stirred things up in Storey County. He has no plans to re-enter politics but will remain active in the Rainbow Bend General Improvement District.
"I would support Bob Kershaw, but he is the only one," Trink said. "I think the Democrats made a mistake in electing Miller."
Kershaw has been in government in other capacities for years. He said the win was a surprise, and the race was tough because of the number of candidates involved.
Miller took 66.9 percent, or 236 votes over St. Clair, who received 117 votes. District 3 includes the Lockwood and Rainbow Bend areas in the northern part of Storey County.
Retiree Miller moved to the Lockwood area from Hayward, Calif., four years ago, and has been an advocate for residents in Storey County's District 3.
St. Clair said that Miller ran a good race, and she threw her support behind him.
Justice of the Peace candidates Annette Daniels and Harold Swafford will face off in the general election. Daniels received 638 votes in her second bid to retain office to Harold Swafford's 358. Walt Harsch recieved 60 votes. Two of the three justice of the peace candidates moved on to the general election Tuesday night.
Daniels said she was too tired to talk to reporters.