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LIVE UPDATES: Here's who's running for federal, state and local offices in Northern Nevada

Reno-Gazette-Journal logo Reno-Gazette-Journal 3/13/2020 James DeHaven and Anjeanette Damon, Reno Gazette Journal
a small clock tower in the middle of a forest with Nevada State Capitol in the background: A file photo of the Capitol in Carson City seen through the trees surrounding it. © RGJ file A file photo of the Capitol in Carson City seen through the trees surrounding it.

Hundreds of candidates filed for dozens of federal, state and local elected offices across Nevada over the past 10 days.

More than 50 seats are set to appear on Washoe County ballots in June, ranging from a high-stakes race to the White House to a spot on the Verdi Television District Board of Directors. 

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Local council, commission, school board and judicial races count for most of the seats up for grabs. Washoe voters will also help decide one congressional race and 11 spots in the state Legislature.

Here’s who’s set to compete in the region’s top electoral contests: 

Reno, Sparks to hold plenty of contested races

Local real estate agent J.D. Drakulich filed to run for Ward 1, the Reno City Council seat currently held by Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus. She’ll also face Reno businesswoman Britton Griffith and Channing Jackson in June’s primary election.

Ward 3 incumbent Councilman Oscar Delgado filed for re-election. He’ll take on librarian Ruth “Rudy” Leon.

Councilwoman Neoma Jardon will look to defend her seat in Ward 5 against challengers Darla Fink, Kurt Gottschalk and Lee Wilhelm.

a person wearing a suit and tie: Reno council member Jenny Brekhus Dec. 13, 2017 Reno council meeting. © Andy Barron Reno council member Jenny Brekhus Dec. 13, 2017 Reno council meeting.

Michael Walker and Reno businessman Eddie Lorton filed to run for the council's at-large seat, which will be defended by Councilman Devon Reese.

Two incumbents will try to retain a pair Washoe County Commission seats on the ballot: Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler and Commissioner Vaughn Hartung. Only Berkbigler drew an opponent. Alexis Hill, the arts and culture manager for the city of Reno, filed for that seat.

In Sparks, Councilman Donald Abbott and Wendy Stolyarov filed for Ward 1; Councilman Paul Anderson filed for Ward 3; Councilman Kristopher Dahir filed for Ward 5; and Chet Adams filed for city attorney.

Anderson will face challengers Elvira Diaz, Dan Ness, Quentin Smith and Andrea Tavener. Dahir will take on Zeb Nomura. Adams is set to run unopposed.

Candidates clamor for open school board seats

Seven candidates will vie for two open seats on the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees. 

Stan Berk and Kurt Thigpen filed for Board President Malena Raymond’s soon-to-be vacated spot in District D. Raymond in February told the RGJ she wanted to focus more on her daughter, who will be in middle school.

Jeff Baclet, John Eppolito, Diane Nicolet, Craig L. Wesner and Paul D White will compete for past President Katy Simon Holland’s at-large seat in District G. Holland, like Raymond, said she only planned to serve one term. 

Incumbent Scott Kelley will have to fend off four challengers in District A. Jeff Church, Lisa Genasci, Jack Heinemann and Terese Huerstel filed to take that seat. 

Matthew Montognese will look to upset Trustee Angie Taylor in District E.

Reno-area Nevada Senate seat set to be competitive race

Former Washoe County Assessor candidate Wendy Jauregui-Jackins will challenge Reno Republican Heidi Seevers-Gansert for one of the most sought-after seats in the Nevada Legislature. 

Jauregui-Jackins, an appraiser at the county assessor’s office, was immediately endorsed by state Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, D-Las Vegas — a sign that legislative Democrats think they can flip the Southwest Reno swing district Seevers-Gansert first won in 2016.

a person posing for the camera: Democratic state Senate Wendy Jauregui-Jackins pictured in an undated courtesy photo. © Wendy Jauregui-Jackins/Twitter Democratic state Senate Wendy Jauregui-Jackins pictured in an undated courtesy photo.

Democrats now hold a narrow advantage of just 500 voters in the district, making Seevers-Gansert one of the party’s top targets heading into this year’s general election.

She told the Reno Gazette Journal she hadn't met Jaregui-Jackins but was looking forward to the challenge. Independent candidate Catana Barnes also filed for the lone Reno-area state Senate seat on June’s primary election ballot.

Dozens vie for Nevada Assembly seats

Assemblyman Al Kramer, R-Carson City, and ex-Assembly Minority Leader Jim Wheeler, R-Minden, both filed for re-election.

Libertarian Dave Jones filed to challenge Wheeler in Assembly District 39, as has Democrat Deborah Chang.

Republican attorney Day Williams and Democrats Sherrie Scaffidi and Derek Morgan will compete with Kramer in Carson City's Assembly District 40, while two-time legislative hopeful Paula Povilaitis set up a rematch with first-term Republican Alexis Hansen in Assembly District 32. 

Natha Anderson, a teacher and the daughter of longtime Sparks Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, filed for the seat vacated by Assemblyman Greg Smith, D-Sparks. Smith in November announced he would not seek re-election in Assembly District 30.

Republican Randy Hoff, Democrat Lea Moser and Independent American Party candidate Charlene Young will also compete in that race. 

a woman talking on a cell phone: Images from the RGJ's Pints and Politics featuring Nevada Assemblywomen Teresa Benitez-Thompson and Jill Tolles at Craft Wine and Beer in Midtown on march 26, 2019. © Andy Barron/RGJ Images from the RGJ's Pints and Politics featuring Nevada Assemblywomen Teresa Benitez-Thompson and Jill Tolles at Craft Wine and Beer in Midtown on march 26, 2019.

Assembly Majority Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson, D-Reno, will face Republican Barb Hawn in Assembly District 27. Assemblyman Skip Daly, D-Sparks, will take on whichever Republican emerges from a three-way primary between Sandra Linares, David Espinosa and ex-Assemblywoman Jill Dickman. 

That trio filed for the seat some four months after Assembly Republicans endorsed a different GOP candidate, Jake Wiskerchen, as their best hope to take back Assembly District 31’s coveted swing seat. Wiskerchen did not file for the office. 

Dale Conner will compete with incumbent Republican Lisa Krasner in Assembly District 26. Newly named Assembly Minority Leader Robin Titus, R-Wellington, filed to keep her post in Assembly District 38. She'll face a challenge from GOP newcomer Jeff Ulrich.

Incumbent Assemblywomen Sarah Peters, D-Reno, and Jill Tolles, R-Reno, will run uncontested in this year’s elections.

Crowded field in 4th Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., hopes to retain his seat against a jam-packed field of contenders in the Silver State’s sprawling 4th Congressional District, which stretches from North Las Vegas all the way to Yerington. 

Democrats Jennifer Eason, Gregory Kempton, George Brucato and Christopher Colley will challenge Horsford in June's primary election.

Newcomer Sam Peters was the first of Horsford's Republican opponents to make his candidacy official. Republican ex-Assemblyman Jim Marchant might be the most recognizable name in a fast-growing field of GOP contenders that includes Randi Reed, Rebecca Wood, Charles NavarRosalie Bingham and Lisa Song Sutton.

Little-known Libertarian Jonathan Royce Esteban — a 24-year-old community activist billed by his campaign as the nation's youngest congressional candidate — is also looking to upset Horsford's re-election bid. Independent American Party candidate Barry Rubinson joined the race on Tuesday.

Familiar faces file in 2nd Congressional District

Businessman Rick Shepherd formalized his third attempt to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei in the state's 2nd Congressional District, joining fellow Democrats Steve Schiffman and two-time congressional challenger Clint Koble in the race to oust the longtime GOP lawmaker.

Independent candidate Richard Dunn also filed for the seat, as have frequent filers Joel Beck, a Republican, and Janine Hansen, of the Independent American Party,

Ian Luetkehans, another regular contender for Amodei's post, will run as a Democrat in his latest bid for the job, as will campaign newcomer Reynaldo Hernandez, former journalist Ed Cohen and ex-Assembly hopeful Patricia Ackerman. 

a man and a woman wearing a suit and tie: Democratic congressional hopeful Patricia Ackerman files candidacy paperwork at the Nevada Secretary of State's office on Friday, March 6, 2020. © Patricia Ackerman/RGJ Democratic congressional hopeful Patricia Ackerman files candidacy paperwork at the Nevada Secretary of State's office on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Ackerman, a businesswoman and former actress who lost a 2018 bid to unseat then-Assembly Minority Leader Jim Wheeler, said she brings a different perspective than other Democrats in the race.

"I'm the only woman in this race," Ackerman told the Reno Gazette Journal. "Nevadans have shown very clearly that they are supportive of electing women, with a female-majority state Legislature and a majority on the state Supreme Court.

"They know we need a different tone in this country, and different leadership that's driven by a different hormone than testosterone."

Ackerman said she's also more moderate than the self-described progressives seeking the seat, something she hopes will give her a leg-up in the ruby red Northern Nevada district that's never sent a Democrat to Congress.

a man standing in front of a piano: Clint Koble speaks with reporters on March 5, 2020 after launching his latest congressional campaign at the Nevada Secretary of State's office in Carson City. © James DeHaven/RGJ Clint Koble speaks with reporters on March 5, 2020 after launching his latest congressional campaign at the Nevada Secretary of State's office in Carson City.

James DeHaven is the politics reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. He covers campaigns, the Nevada Legislature and everything in between. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com right here

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