Between two mayors, we pick Teixeira |

Between two mayors, we pick Teixeira

Nevada Appeal editorial board

The rarity of the contest for mayor in Carson City between two men with eight years’ experience each in the office makes it a difficult choice, yet that can be a good thing for voters. We don’t think you can go wrong.

Ray Masayko and Marv Teixeira share more than their experience at City Hall – both are deeply ingrained in the community, have genuine concern for the well-being of residents and possess extensive knowledge of the history and complexity of issues facing the Board of Supervisors.

Perhaps because of Teixeira’s background as a salesman for IBM, he’s convinced us he is the better candidate to lead Carson City the next four years. Indeed, it’s just that quality which we think is needed right now.

Teixeira’s image during his term as mayor from 1989 through 1996 was as something of a lightning rod and a cheerleader. There was little doubt where he stood, where he thought the city should be going, and how he thought it ought to get there.

The lightning rod drew sparks sometimes. He took the heat for the Pony Express Pavilion. A vote for a sales tax for the Virginia & Truckee Railroad died by 76 votes. A nickel gas tax went into effect to help get the freeway going.

Eight years later, there’s no forgetting who was at the helm.

Masayko, who was district manager for Sierra Pacific, has a manager’s demeanor. He’s studious and careful. He has steadily shepherded Carson City through the past eight years. The V&T and freeway have moved along nicely.

There are differences on issues between the two – on the eighth-cent sales tax for storm drainage, development of federal land in Carson City, relations with Douglas County.

The most prominent issue is exodus of retail businesses to Douglas. Masayko and Teixeira have talked at length about what could have been done and what should be done in the future.

When deciding between the status quo and the kick in the pants Teixeira promises, we’re inclined to give Teixeira another chance to stir things up.