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Election 2014: Pair of IVGID candidate forums set

Staff report
Shelia Leijon

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Sierra Nevada College are hosting a pair of IVGID candidate forums to better inform voters before Election Day.

They will take place from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Room 139/141 of the Tahoe Center for Environmental Science on the college’s campus in Incline Village.

Shelia Leijon, Kendra Wong, Tim Callicrate and Robert Olmer are vying for two seats being vacated by current Incline Village General Improvement District board members Bruce Simonian and Joe Wolfe.

Candidates will be asked questions created by Bonanza staff and from suggestions of Incline/Crystal Bay residents.

Questions will also be taken from the floor during the later portion of each session.

Bonanza publisher Michael Gelbman and Deborah Prout, of SNC, will serve as moderators.

Residents have until 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, to e-mail questions for consideration to Bonanza Editor Kevin MacMillan at kmacmillan@tahoebonanza.com.

For more information, contact Prout at dprout@sierranevada.edu or 775-881-7559.

In the June primary featuring seven candidates, Wong topped the list with 751 votes, good for 24.38 percent, while Leijon was close behind at 714 votes (23.18 percent). Not far off was Callicrate’s 634 votes, accounting for 20.58 percent. Olmer received 277 votes (8.99 percent), finishing fourth.

This marks both Leijon’s and Wong’s first foray into running for a political seat. Callicrate served as an IVGID trustee from 1997-2000. He ran in the 2012 IVGID election and made it past the primary, but lost in the general election.

Olmer also ran in 2012 but did not make it past the primary.

Aside from IVGID, another race of local interest is who will replace outgoing Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen is squaring off against current Washoe County Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek. Allen easily earned the most votes in June’s primary election, with 22,084 votes, accounting for 46.08 percent. Kuzanek earned 13,325 votes (27.80 percent).

Sierra Nevada College and the Bonanza also are looking into hosting a forum for the sheriff candidates, although nothing could be confirmed as of Wednesday.

As for the two seats open on the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Board of Directors, there was not a primary in June, as three candidates — Jeff Warner (incumbent), Susan Herron and Dennis Perry — filed by the spring deadline. Gene Murrieta holds the other seat being vacated.

In other local election news, Incline Village native Kristen Spees, a Democrat, will face incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei to represent Nevada’s second congressional district.

The district is 43 percent Republican, 33 percent Democratic and 17 percent registered nonpartisan, and it has never elected a Democrat.

Incline Village Justice Court Chief Bailiff Hans Keller will run unopposed for the Incline Village Constable seat.

The 2014 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Early voting is from Oct. 18-31.

To learn more about the 2014 Election in Washoe County, visit washoecounty.us/voters/.