I know and like so many of the candidates running for office in the June 9 primary election that it's difficult to write an endorsements column. Nevertheless, I'm going to write one because I believe it's a community newspaper's responsibility to take positions on local candidates and political issues.
But first, a
disclaimer: My endorsements do NOT necessarily represent the opinions of the
Appeal's management or the Nevada News Group.
disclosure: Two candidates, "PK" O'Neill, who's running to regain his
District 40 seat in the State Assembly, and Ronni Hannaman, our dynamic and
effective Chamber of Commerce manager who's running for Ward 2 supervisor, are
close personal friends of mine and I'll be voting for them in the November general
election, assuming they're on the ballot, as I believe they will be. I'm loyal
to my special friends and will support them any way I can.
Lori Bagwell is the obvious choice for mayor because of her experience and her
knowledge of our city and local issues. She'll hit the ground running. A big
plus for me is the fact that she was the only member of the Board of
Supervisors with the courage – despite heavy pressure and spurious "Rule
of Law" arguments – to vote against the commercialization of so-called
At the same
time I congratulate three of her opponents – Tod Jennings, Nathaniel Kilgore
and Aaron Sims – for making the sacrifices necessary to run for office, but
they're not yet ready for prime time. I'm ignoring a fifth mayoral candidate on
purpose; payback time.
Schuette, a Carson City native and retired schoolteacher who loves animals, has
been active in civic affairs and was a prime mover in the push for a new animal
shelter. She's my choice for supervisor in Ward 4.
are other candidates I know and like who are on the primary ballot in no
particular order: Sena Loyd, Maurice White, Stacey Wilke-McCulloch and Day
Williams. Sorry I can't endorse all of my friends, but that's not how it works.
down in neighboring Douglas County, six-time loser Danny Tarkanian, a longtime
Las Vegas resident, is running for the County Commission. Just one question:
Can he make it seven?
national level, I'll be voting for our Northern Nevada Congressman, Carson City
Republican Mark Amodei, in November because I think he represents us well in
Congress. Although he's wishy-washy on the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear
waste dump, which I oppose, Amodei usually has Nevada's best interests at
heart, and none of the seven Democrats running against him can match his experience
or knowledge of state and national issues.
point, six months before the Nov. 3 General Election, it looks as if our choice
will be between President Trump, 73, and former Vice President Joe Biden, 77,
two elderly and deeply flawed candidates for the presidency. Trump is a rude,
crude bully who suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder and there are
serious questions about Biden's mental acuity since he often has difficulty
stringing two sentences together. Much depends upon how the president handles
the Coronavirus crisis and whether Biden can survive sexual assault charges by
former Senate staffer Tara Reade.
clear, however, is that there's an obvious mainstream media double standard
between Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and former Vice President Biden.
During the contentious Kavanaugh Senate committee confirmation hearings, "Me
Too" ladies and Biden told us that women must be believed when they launch
sexual assault charges. Now, however, we're urged to believe Biden's denials and
downplay Ms. Reade's charges – the very definition of "hypocrisy."
Guy W. Farmer is the Appeal's senior political columnist.