Election 2016: IVGID candidate forum set for May 24 at SNC Tahoe | SierraSun.com

Election 2016: IVGID candidate forum set for May 24 at SNC Tahoe

The IVGID candidates

Below are the 10 candidates who put in papers to run for IVGID trustee:

Matthew Dent (incumbent)

Philip Horan (incumbent)

Steve King

Paul. R. Longshore

Judy Miller

Peter William Morris

Robert J. Olmer

Benecia Price

Steven Thomason

Frank L. Wright

More online: Visit bit.ly/1R612EM to learn more about the IVGID candidates, as well as all candidates who filed for this year’s election.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Sierra Nevada College are partnering to host an IVGID Candidate Forum from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in the Tahoe Environmental Science Center on the college’s campus.

The primary election is set for June 14 in Nevada. Regarding the Incline Village General Improvement District board of trustees, residents will be asked to vote for three of the 10 candidates; the top six vote-getters will then move onto November’s general election.

This year’s candidate forum will be similar to those of previous primary election cycles. The session will begin with candidate opening statements, followed by questions for the candidates, as created by Bonanza staff and drawn from the suggestions of area residents, ending with brief closing statements.

Due to the number of candidates — all 10 residents are expected to attend — questions will be asked of specific candidates on a rotating basis, rather than any sort of debate-style format.

Further, a moderator will ask the questions. No questions will be allowed from the audience during the event.

Residents are encouraged to submit questions to the Bonanza for consideration to be asked of the candidates at the May 24 forum.

Appropriate questions will be accepted by email only, and must be sent to Bonanza Editor Kevin MacMillan at kmacmillan@tahoebonanza.com, with the subject line “IVGID Candidate Forum Question(s).”

The deadline to submit questions for consideration is 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21.

In Nevada, early voting begins on Saturday, May 28.

Regarding IVGID, the three open seats are currently held by Jim Hammerel, Matthew Dent and Phil Horan. Hammerel is the lone trustee not to file for reelection.

Of this year’s candidates, three are familiar with local election races in recent years — both Frank Wright and Robert Olmer ran unsuccessfully for IVGID trustee in 2012 and 2014.

Meanwhile, Steve King ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Board of Directors in 2012.


Another race important to local voters is that of Nevada Assembly District 26, which covers Incline Village/Crystal Bay. Two Republican candidates have filed — Jason Guinasso and Lisa Krasner.

Since both candidates are Republican, there will be a primary election between Krasner and Guinasso, meaning the winner on June 14 will take the seat and replace Assemblyman Randy Kirner, R-Reno, who decided to not seek reelection.

Readers can visit jasonguinasso.com and lisakrasnerfornevada.com to learn more about both candidates.

This year, four of seven seats are up for election on the Washoe County School District Board. According to Washoe County, 20 candidates filed for the four races.

Specific to Incline Village, there are two races of interest. Three candidates have filed for the District A seat, which covers southeast Reno and Incline: Colleen Doenges, Scott Kelley and Dale Richardson. Incumbent Lisa Ruggerio is not running for reelection.

Meanwhile, there are eight candidates for the District G seat, an at-large position representing the western half of Washoe County. Former District G trustee Barbara McLaury resigned a few months ago, citing health problems, and won’t seek re-election.

The eight candidates are David DeSilva, Katy Simon Holland, Bill Horn, Greg Hudson, Helm Lehmann, Mike Mieras, Michael Millerick and John “Jack” Milon.

Incline voters will likely be most familiar with Horn, who served for years as general manager of IVGID before resigning in 2013. Other names of note include Simon Holland, former Washoe County manager; and Mieras, former chief of police for the school district.

For these races, residents will be asked to vote for one candidate each; the top two vote-getters for each will then move onto November’s general election.

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