Election 2016: Washoe County Commission District 1 — read 1 candidate statement | SierraSun.com

Election 2016: Washoe County Commission District 1 — read 1 candidate statement

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The general election in Nevada is set for Nov. 8. There are a number of races important to local voters, including the District 1 seat on the Washoe County Commission, which includes Incline Village.

Incumbent commissioner Marsha Berkbigler, a Republican, faces off against Levi Hooper, a Democrat.

For this race, residents will be asked to vote for one candidate; the top vote-getter will take the seat.

To better inform readers heading to the polls, the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza reached out to both candidates a couple weeks ago and asked each to provide a short biography, as well as a 750-word maximum candidate statement. Hooper did not participate.

To read more about the candidates, to view early voting locations and hours, or anything else about local elections, visit the Washoe County Registrar of Voters web page at washoecounty.us/voters, and then click on “Election Information 2016.”

Below, you can read Berkbigler’s statement, which is printed verbatim (including typos and grammar errors):

Name: Marsha Lee Berkbigler

Age: 66

Full-time residence in Washoe County: Old Southwest portion of Reno – 2090 Allen Street, Reno

How long you have been a resident within District 1: 39 years

Current occupation: Washoe County Commissioner District 1

Formal education: BA Business Management

Current and previous political/governmental experience: More than 30 years as a government relations specialist representing many industries including mining, health care, telecommunications, engineering and local governments. I’ve worked on issues at the federal, state and local government levels.

Candidate statement:

I believe I’m the best candidate for Washoe County Commission District 1 because I know the District well, have raised 7 children in the house I live in now, and I have been active in the community for many years. My children and grandchildren have attended Washoe County schools, and in fact my youngest grandchild is a freshman at Reno High. My other grandchildren are students at the University of Nevada Reno. I know the issues and have successfully worked to resolve many issues impacting the County and its residents during the past four years. I was instrumental in furthering economic development in the County, worked to resolve outstanding issues remaining after the fire separation between Reno and Washoe County, worked to develop a better working relationship with other regional governments including the City of Reno and IVGID, and I continue to work to keep our taxes low. I’m currently working on improving County services provided to the IV/CB area including senior services and transportation and am committed to assuring the community receives quality services from the County. I’m also working on the IV/CB area plan with the goal of having it in place during 2017. I believe my record shows that I care about the concerns of the residents and will continue to work hard to resolve concerns. I currently sit on Tahoe Regional Planning Governing Board and Tahoe Transportation District both of which work on issues directly impacting IV/CB residents. I’m committed to continuing my efforts on behalf of all County residents and will continue to be accessible to every citizen who contacts me.