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City officials given free ride into elected office

Amanda Hammon, Appeal Staff Writer
Mary Ann Dickens files for Clerk Recorder monday afternoon. She was the last person to file for a Carson City elected office. Photo by Brian Corley
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Several Carson City elected officials, including a supervisor and the district attorney, were given a free ride into elected office Monday.

As the hands of the clock approached 5 p.m., officials at the Elections Office watched for potential candidates waiting until the last minute to file.

Only Mary Ann Dickens, a 29-year Carson City resident, came to file — for the clerk/recorder position held by Alan Glover.

“It happens,” Glover said. “I’ve only had one free ride in my life, so it’s nothing new to me.”

Dickens, owner of Nevada Business Services, said she is interested in the clerk-recorder office and was inspired to run for an office after the death of Dan Hansen, head of the state’s Independent American Party. Dickens ran for secretary of state in 1994.

No one else showed up to file for election, leaving Supervisor Robin Williamson, District Attorney Noel Waters, Treasurer Al Kramer and all four school board trustees unopposed in their positions.

“This is going to be a very calm summer for me,” Williamson said. “I look forward to frank discussions and debate — I just don’t have to go out and put up a lot of signs.”

Williamson speculated she and other officials have no opponent because “either (Carson residents) think Carson City is being well run, and they’re comfortable with the direction we’re taking — which I prefer to think — or they’re apathetic.

“I think people people realize it’s a lot of work, and hopefully they think I’m doing a good job,” she said.

This will be Waters’ fourth term and Kramer’s third term.

Neil Weaver, owner of Weaver Aircraft, filed for Ward 3 supervisor, the seat held by Supervisor Pete Livermore. It’s a deja vu race: they ran against each other in the 1998 election when Tom Tatro vacated the seat. Livermore defeated both Weaver and former planning commissioner Alan Rogers in the 1998 primary election. Livermore received over 55 percent of the vote in that election to Weaver’s 17 percent of the vote.

Weaver said he was approached by people in the community “who are not satisfied with the direction the folks downtown are taking us.”

“We’re not comfortable with it,” Weaver said.”There were a number of people in the community that had concerns (the Ward 3 race) would go unchallenged, and that’s not how our system works.”

Weaver, owner of Weaver Aircraft, also ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2000.

Livermore said he “knows the issues” and “will stand on my record” as he seeks a second term.

“Whatever it takes to move this community down the road, I’ll do,” Livermore said.

Sheriff Rod Banister did not file for re-election, but sheriff’s detective Rich Mendoza filed Friday to run against Scott Burau, Wayne Fazzino, Ken Furlong and Bob Guimont.

Position Filed

Supervisor, Ward 1 Robin Williamson (i)

Supervisor, Ward 3 Pete Livermore (i), Neil Weaver

District Attorney Noel Waters (i)

Sheriff Ken Furlong, Bob Guimont, Wayne Fazzino, Scott Burau, Rich Mendoza

Clerk/Recorder Alan Glover (i), Mary Ann Dickens

Treasurer Al Kramer (i)

Assessor Dave Dawley, Taunya Milligan and Gene Munnings

School board trustee, District 1 Norman Scoggin (i)

School board trustee, District 3 Jim Hukari

School board trustee, District 4 Robert Crowell (i)

School board trustee, District 6 Sheila Ward (i)

(i) indicates incumbent