While there are several competitive races in Las Vegas, state senate and assembly seats aren't expected to change parties in the north. Nowhere is that more certain than a district covering Incline Village and much of South Reno, but that race still has a twist.
An organization representing more than thirty law enforcement agencies across the state is voicing its concern for a proposal by Washoe County Sheriff Candidate Chuck Allen to revitalize the county's reserve deputy program, which currently has nine volunteer participants. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.
Allen says the sheriff's office needs more boots on the ground since about 100 positions have been cut in the past several years.
State Senator Barbara Cegavske and Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall disagreed on both election reform and voter ID laws during thir first debate as secretary of state candidates. That office oversees Nevada's election process and Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the latest details on the race.
Marshall, a Democrat, criticized her opponent Cegavske, a Republican, for voting multiple times against major campaign reform. Along with increasing how often campaign finances are reported, Marshall said she wants more transparency regarding gifts from lobbyists.
Reno mayoral candidates Hillary Schieve and Ray Pezonella agree on many issues...but not on staffing levels for public safety personnel, like firefighters. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that this contention came up at a debate Thursday.
Lucy Flores, the democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, is criticizing her opponent, Republican Mark Hutchison, for not supporting legislation last year that would have directly helped the Washoe County School District improve its aging infrastructure. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.
Flores made the comment during a debate that aired Tuesday on KRNV-TV's Nevada Newsmakers program. She said Republicans in the Assembly "punted" on the issue.
Both candidates for Washoe County Sheriff agree that the community presence of local law enforcement must grow, but Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports they offer different pathways for making that happen if elected in November.
At a debate Thursday night in Reno, hosted by KNPB and the Reno Gazette Journal, candidates Chuck Allen and Tim Kuzanek faced off in advance of the upcoming election.
The Reno Fire Department is not accepting any extra assistance or automatic aid from Washoe County, which broached the idea when the layoff of more than 30 Reno firefighters seemed imminent. That’s now stalled because of a lawsuit, but the offer was still on the table. That is, until the city council unanimously rejected it.
Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez told the council there’s no pressing need for such an agreement.
Nevada is among the states leading the nation for its high percentage of applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or "DACA" program, which provides temporary legal status for some undocumented immigrants. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli has more.
Jeanne Batalova is with the Migration Policy Institute, the group that studied DACA two years after its launch. She says more than half of the 17-thousand people eligible in Nevada have applied for the program and most have been approved.