The Churchill County Republican Central Committee along with
local media will present Candidates Night on May 19 for the two commissioner
Because of the restrictions placed on gatherings due to the
coronavirus pandemic and the governor’s directives, Candidates Night will not
be open to the public. The historic Fallon Fraternal Hall & Community
Center is hosting the event.
Before May 19, candidate profiles will appear online and in
the Lahontan Valley News.
The CCRCC is sponsoring the event, which will be broadcast
on radio stations KVLV (980 AM) and KKTU (99.5 FM) beginning at 6:30 p.m. The
Fallon Post and the Lahontan Valley News will serve as moderators for
Candidates Night. Each candidate will be asked questions pertaining to the role
of commissioner and on the future of Churchill County.
The commission seats are the only two local races in
Churchill County for the primary election. Each term is for four years.
Running for District 1 is challenger Justin Heath and
incumbent Harry “Bus” Scharmann, both Republicans. The winner of the primary
election will serve as commissioner for the next four years.
Current commissioner Carl Erquiaga is termed out and unable
to seek re-election for District 3. Two Democrats and two Republicans are
seeking his seat. The Democratic candidates are Keith Boone and Kelli Kelly,
while the two GOP candidates are Michael “Mick” Casey and Gregory S. Koenig.
The top Democratic and Republican winners will then face off
in the general election in November. Voters will also select three Churchill
County School District trustees. Those entered in the race include incumbents
Phil Pinder, Tricia Strasdin and Kathryn Whitaker, and challengers Gregg
Malkovich and Lee Tisdale.
The Churchill County Clerk’s office sent sample ballots
April 16, and actual ballots last week.
• The Clerk’s Office encourages voters to check their
registration by contacting 775-423-6028 or firstname.lastname@example.org Voters
can also check their registration at https://www.nvsos.gov/votersearch/
• May 12 is the last day to register to vote, update
registration or change party affiliation by mail or by appearing in person at
the Churchill County Clerk’s offices. (The Clerk’s Office is currently closed
to the public. We encourage the public to contact our office by phone. An
appointment can be made if registration cannot be done by mail or online).
• May 13-May 21 – Online only voter registration, voter registration
changes or party affiliation changes. www.RegisterToVoteNV.gov (If someone
registers or updates their registration online during this time period, their
ballot will be mailed to them)
• May 22-June 4 — Voters may register, update registration or
change party affiliation online but will have to appear in person at the
Clerk’s Office for a replacement ballot or for new registrations, a provisional
ballot. Voters must provide a valid Nevada Driver’s License or Nevada
Identification Card and proof of residency.
(If someone registers or updates their registration online
during this time period, they will need to appear in person at the Clerk’s
Office to receive ballot. The online option ends on June 4. The Clerk’s Office
will be open for these purposes during this time period)
• May 23 – June 5 and June 9 — Same day in-person
registration, registration updates, or party affiliation changes at the
Churchill County Clerk’s Office during vote center hours. Voters must provide a
valid Nevada Driver’s License or Nevada Identification Card and proof of
residency. (The Clerk’s Office will be open for in person registration and
updates during this time. The voter will be given a paper ballot that they must
vote and return at that time)
• If you do not receive a ballot by May 15, or you need a
replacement ballot, contact the Clerk’s Office at 775-423-6028. All requests
for replacement ballots will be processed and mailed by 5 p.m., June 2. After
June 2, all replacement ballots must be picked up in person at the Clerk’s
Office. (This is if someone does not receive their ballot or if they lose or
• The Clerk’s Office will serve as the only vote center for
the June 9 Primary Election. Vote center activities are limited to same day
registration with provisional ballot voting, in-person mail-in ballot
deliveries, and replacement ballot pick-ups.
Secure ballot drop boxes are located at the Clerk’s Office
and Recorder’s Office entrances. (These drop boxes can be used for other
Clerk/Treasurer’s business as well, such as property taxes.)