Carson City’s Livermore won’t seek re-election to Assembly |

Carson City’s Livermore won’t seek re-election to Assembly

Carson City Assemblyman Pete Livermore won’t seek a third term representing District 40.

He announced Wednesday that after more than 20 years in appointed or elected public office, it’s “time to spend some time for myself and my family.”

Livermore, 72, said first on his agenda is surgery on a bad knee. He added that he isn’t going anywhere and will be involved in Carson City’s future.

“Through my career, I did what I thought was best for my town,” he said. “Some people took exception — especially my party — but when I sit in that seat, I represent all parties.”

“You can’t always please the right wing out there,” Livermore said.

Pointing out that a large number of Carson residents are state and other governmental employees, he said, “You can’t talk about offering pay raises and things like that.”

He said he is a Republican and will be looking to support a good Republican replacement for his seat, but that he sees Carson City as a bipartisan town. He pointed to the fact that his seat has frequently alternated between Republican and Democrat. His predecessor was Democrat Bonnie Parnell, and her predecessor was Republican Ron Knecht.

Before serving in the Assembly, Livermore served 12 years on the Board of Supervisors. Before that, he was an elected trustee on the Carson-Tahoe Hospital Board and also served on the Parks and Recreation Commission, state Land Use Planning Advisory Council and Carson Water Subconservancy District.

Livermore was born in 1941 in New Orleans and served in the U.S. Marine Corps before settling in Carson City with his wife, Laurie.

He owned and operated two Carson City A&W restaurants for years before retiring.