Locksmith enters race for mayor

Mayor candidate Steve McClung

Mayor candidate Steve McClung

Carson City locksmith Steve McClung on Friday became the sixth candidate to announce a run for mayor.

McClung, 57, is the owner of Alpine Lock.

"I'm running because Nevada's been good to me," he said.

McClung, a West Virginia native who lived in Wisconsin before moving to Carson City a decade ago, said he'd like to focus on reducing Carson's crime rate and promoting a business-friendly attitude within the capital city.

"We deal a lot with the Sheriff's Department, and I think the community needs to be more involved with them."

McClung said he feels as qualified or more so for the mayoral office than the other candidates.

"I looked at the other candidates in the race, and I'm not real impressed. I think I can make a difference," he said. "I certainly think I could look at things objectively."

McClung said he doesn't know any of the other candidates in the race, "only what I've read in the newspaper."

"I think your local government has more of an impact on our lives than the federal government."

McClung said he would like to focus on bringing more businesses to Carson City, which he said has lost out to northern Douglas County for its share of tax revenues and business opportunities.

"I'm not sure why that's happened - and I need to look into that. We have a lot of companies going out of business, and I don't want to see that."

McClung served in the U.S. Army from 1968-75, including a stint in Vietnam from 1969-70.

He is married and has two children.

He joins barber Adam Baker, school board trustee and attorney Bob Crowell, Rev. Ken Haskins, podiatrist Sean Lehmann and real-estate agent Jim Shirk as mayoral candidates. Mayor Marv Teixeira has announced that he will not be seeking re-election.

Additional filings in Carson City on Friday:

Supervisor, Ward 4

Richard Staub, incumbent

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