Incumbents prevail in Storey County law enforcement races |

Incumbents prevail in Storey County law enforcement races

Jarid Shipley
Appeal Staff Writer
Chad Lundquist/Nevada Appeal Storey County Sheriff Jim Miller celebrates his victory with a cigar at the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Virginia City on Tuesday night. Miller defeated challenger Stephen Bloyd 1,146 votes to 669 votes in the nonpartisan race.

The incumbents carried the day in Storey County law-enforcement races Tuesday with Sheriff Jim Miller and District Attorney Harold Swafford both receiving the nod from voters in the midterm elections.

Miller defeated challenger Stephen Bloyd 1,146 votes to 669 votes in the nonpartisan race.

“First and foremost, I’m glad this nonsense is over with. I’m happy with the result, and I’m going to continue to serve this community,” Miller said.

Miller celebrated the final results by popping a bottle of champagne and lighting a cigar he’d been saving.

“This is for my father and the people of this community,” Miller said. “I was the sheriff of Elko County, but now I’m home.”

Miller was appointed to the position by the Storey County Commission in March 2005. He was picked to fill the spot left vacant by the resignation of Pat Whitten, who left the sheriff’s department for a job as county administration and budget director.

Miller won by a larger margin than in the primary election, when the same two candidates faced off. Miller received 63 percent of the vote Tuesday and 58 percent in the primary.

The race for district attorney was much closer, with both candidates briefly holding the lead before incumbent Harold Swafford pulled out front by 75 votes. Swafford, the Democrat, received 962 votes to Republican challenger Anne Langer’s 887.

“I think the citizens of Storey County won a big victory by electing me,” Swafford said. “They realize I’m the right person for the job.”

Swafford said he was going for a celebratory drink but said he was looking forward to getting back to work.

“We’ve got a lot of issues coming up that are not criminal related. We are looking at a lot of growth in the industrial areas that are going to require an attorney with significant experience,” Swafford said.

Justice of the Peace Annette Daniels won re-election in an uncontested race. She received 1,569 votes.

• Contact reporter Jarid Shipley at or 881-1217.

Decision 06: Storey County unofficial final results

1,881 total votes; 69 percent of all registered voters

District Attorney

Harold Swafford – D 962; 52.03 percent

Anne Langer – R 887; 47.97 percent


Jim Miller 1,146; 63.14 percent

Stephen Bloyd 669; 36.86 percent


Kathy Weeks 1,608; 100 percent

Justice of the Peace

Annette Daniels 1,569; 100 percent

County Recorder/Auditor

Sarah Jensen 1,590; 100 percent

School Board, Seat 2A:

Deny Dotson 1,471; 100 percent

School Board, Seat 2B

Pamela J. Smith 1,465; 100 percent

Canyon GID

all candidates unopposed

Marvin Clark 255; 24.43 percent

Edna Cudworth 256; 24.52 percent

Ed Gilbert 272; 26.05 percent

Bret Tyler 261; 25 percent

Industrial GID

all candidates unopposed

David Blackford 2; 100 percent

Debbie Blackford 2; 100 percent