Election 2014: Three women in IVGID primary; Incline native files for Amodei’s seat
March 21, 2014
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Not only will there be a primary in the IVGID election this year, the community is guaranteed to have two new trustees by 2015.
Seven people met last Friday's candidate filing deadline for elected government positions in Washoe County.
While the four men have previous experience either holding an Incline Village General Improvement District board seat or are former candidates, three women — Shelia Leijon, Kendra Wong and Megan Lade — are new to running for public office.
Leijon currently is community outreach coordinator at Incline Village Community Hospital. Prior to that, she served for several years as coordinator for IVGID's senior programs.
"These are exciting times for Incline Village/Crystal Bay, affording us the opportunity recreate a viable business model, which will serve residents, business owners and visitors," she said in a statement to the Bonanza. "I look forward to working with my neighbors in supporting and developing an environmentally conscious community, offering feasible recreational options, with affordable recreation and utility fees."
Wong is an associate professor and Business Department Chair at Sierra Nevada College. She also serves as treasurer for Girls on the Run – Sierras, and she and her husband, Ethan, own Wild Alaskan Restaurant and Bar in Incline Village.
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"This is an exciting time for Incline Village with many opportunities ahead of us," she said in a statement. "As a resident of Incline Village, I value the recreation venues and services that IVGID provides. I would like to see IVGID create an economically sustainable plan for our utility rates and recreation fees. As business owners, we appreciate Incline Village's vibrant, supportive community and IVGID contributes to that."
Lade was the first woman to file earlier last week. Lade has been head coach of the Incline High School girls track team the past five years. She led the Highlanders to a fourth-place finish at the 2013 Division III state championship. The girls finished second in 2012.
"I'm for community fairness, family, health and proper funds usage," Lade said Wednesday. "… (Current) issues (of concern) include IVGID resident cards and fees, feeling that you are not part of the community and an outsider, and with overall health in adults and children. As a community it is important to work together to ensure our money is being used efficiently, our members from elderly to youth are welcomed, and individuals are aware and have access to health and fitness."
The men who filed are Robert Olmer, Aaron Katz, Frank Wright and Tim Callicrate.
Olmer last ran for IVGID in 2012, finishing ninth out of 10 candidates in the primary, garnering 233 votes (4.15 percent).
Katz is a frequent critic of the district, attending nearly every meeting to offer public comment. He's filed a lawsuit and several open meeting law complaints over the past four years against the district.
Katz also ran for trustee in the 2012 election, tallying 248 votes (4.42 percent) in the primary, finishing eighth.
Callicrate — who was an IVGID trustee from 1997-2000 — ran in 2012, finishing fifth out of six candidates in the general election. He received 1,911 votes (14.89 percent), losing to current trustees Bill Devine, Jim Smith and Jim Hammerel.
Wright, also a frequent critic of IVGID, ran in the 2012 election, getting 262 votes (4.67 percent) in the primary, finishing seventh. Running in the 2008 general election for IVGID, he finished sixth out of six candidates for three seats. He also ran unsuccessfully in 2007 for the seat vacated by Bev Mapps.
The seats up in 2015 are held by current chair Joe Wolfe and trustee Bruce Simonian; they were elected in 2010.
Simonian, who's been criticized recently regarding his handling of former IVGID General Manager candidate Eric Severance's job application, said in a letter to the Bonanza this week he decided not to run again due to "personal reasons."
"Unfortunately, the district has been barnacled with financial and emotional parasites that have maliciously attempted to suck the money and joy out of our community rather than infusing it with viable ideas, solutions and courage," he said.
In a previous interview, Simonian referred specifically to Wright and Katz as "exhausting."
Wolfe previously said he was undecided about running again, and that a "small and specific segment of the population" can be counterproductive when it comes to overseeing the district.
"I call them CAVE people — citizens against virtually everything … because they're not understanding, they are ignorant of all the facts, yet they continue to state things that are not true," he said in a Feb. 26 Bonanza story.
NO PRIMARY FOR FIRE BOARD
According to state law, primaries are held for any office that has more than double the number of people applying than the number of positions open.
There will not be a primary for the two open seats on the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Board of Directors, as three candidates — Jeff Warner (incumbent), Susan Herron and Dennis Perry — filed by the deadline. Gene Murrieta holds the other seat.
Incline Village Justice Court Chief Bailiff Hans Keller will run unopposed for the Incline Village Constable seat.
For a full list of candidates in the 2014 election, visit http://www.washoecounty.us/voters/14filed.html. The primary election in Nevada is June 10.
INCLINE NATIVE RUNNING FOR AMODEI'S SEAT
In related local election news, Incline Village native Kristen Spees will be on the ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 seat held by Republican Mark Amodei.
Spees, a Democrat, is an Incline High graduate. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and is a licensed attorney in Nevada and Hawaii.
According to a press release, Spees said her community involvement has included assisting at the Incline Village Justice Court and doing legal research for IVGID WasteNot.
Spees' motto is "Happy, Healthy Nevada." She said she's running on a "fiscally conservative and environmentally minded" platform that will promote "active political awareness and active lifestyles."
Read more about her views on the issues and events at www.kristenspees.com.