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Former Douglas commissioner eyes District 39 seat

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

Former Douglas County Commissioner Kelly Kite said this week he intends to file for election to Assembly District 39, the seat currently held by fellow Republican James Settelmeyer.

District 39 encompasses Douglas County and parts of Carson City and Lake Tahoe portions of Washoe County.

Kite, 62, served 12 years on the county commission and is a 25-year resident of Douglas County.

Kite said he would work to balance the financial needs of the state.

“I prefer to create the needed funds through management efficiency, consolidation of services, and the reduction of state government expenditures, not through tax increases,” Kite said.

He emphasized the importance of holding onto conservative values.

“Now is the time for positive action,” Kite said. “We need to work toward spirited but respectful dialogue before, during and after the session to achieve financial stability. You don’t have to agree with opposition to respect them or their positions. A lot can be learned by listening. Nevadans deserve nothing less.”

Kite said it’s time to stop placing blame.

“I think people are tired of the bickering at all levels and just want something done,” he said. “Hopefully we can take a look at all the ideas and agendas and come to reasonable solutions that are good for all Nevadans. Nevada problems need Nevada answers.”

Settelmeyer has announced he will run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Carson City’s Mark Amodei.

Amodei, who is prevented by Nevada’s term limits law from running again, is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.