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Special election plans on hold in Clark County Commission race decided by 10 votes

November 20th, 2020 - 4:11pm
Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez heard from both parties involved in Democrat Ross Miller’s lawsuit against Clark County on Friday to determine what is needed as evidence in the case and to set a date for the next hearing.


Democratic candidate sues Clark County after commission declines to certify his 10-vote victory, instead pursues special election

November 17th, 2020 - 7:15pm
Democratic candidate Ross Miller has filed a lawsuit over the Clark County Commission’s decision not to certify the results of the election for the District C seat on the board — a race he initially won by 10 votes out of more than 150,000 cast.

Clark County calls for re-vote in commission race decided by 10 ballots; discrepancies outnumber victory margin

November 16th, 2020 - 4:02pm
Clark County commissioners have certified all the results of the general election — except in the race for the commission seat representing District C, where ballot discrepancies outnumber Democrat Ross Miller’s 10-vote victory and a special election will be held.

Miller comes out on top in competitive race, winning seat on Clark County Commission by 10 votes

November 14th, 2020 - 11:08am
Democrat Ross Miller has been declared the winner in a contentious and exceedingly close race for the open District C seat on the powerful Clark County Commission, but Republican Stavros Anthony has indicated a recount may be coming.


Clark County Commission seat and Reno Council seat too close to call; other local races have clearer outcomes

November 4th, 2020 - 2:37pm
Though candidates for the presidential race and several major state races are neck and neck as of Wednesday, most local candidates have been able to relish a clear victory or hang their head in a loss.


Attorneys spar on Trump campaign lawsuit seeking last-minute changes to Clark County’s ballot processing system; judge expected to rule soon

October 28th, 2020 - 7:27pm
Carson City District Court Judge James Wilson said he’ll have a decision ready “as soon as possible” after a nearly nine-hour evidentiary hearing Wednesday in the lawsuit seeking various changes to how the state’s most populous county processes mail votes and allows for volunteers and others to observe the counting of ballots.

Election Preview: Democrats largely lead in funding for seats on the state’s most powerful board

Clark County Government Center
October 14th, 2020 - 2:00am
Ten candidates are entering the final weeks of their campaigns for the Clark County Commission, campaigns begun months before COVID-19 was on their radar. Democrats are dramatically outpacing their challengers in funding for three of these spots while a fourth is host to a high-dollar contest between two high profile politicians.

Election Preview: Librarian Rudy Leon seeking to oust incumbent Oscar Delgado in Reno Council’s Ward 3 seat

October 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
In the Ward 3 council race, incumbent Oscar Delgado far outstrips Rudy Leon in fundraising. His challenger, however, criticizes the two-term incumbent for his lack of presence in or engagement with the community and says that campaign funds are just a piece of the puzzle.

Las Vegas takes heat for putting vast majority of CARES Act funding to city payroll costs, not aid to residents

Las Vegas City Hall
October 9th, 2020 - 6:08pm
Other cities had a vastly different makeup, with North Las Vegas putting 83 percent of its allotment to residents and businesses and just 17 percent to city operational expenses. None of the three largest cities behind Las Vegas put nearly as much toward payroll; next highest was Henderson, which reported about 27 percent to that line item.

Election Preview: Incumbent Neoma Jardon and challenger Darla Fink face off for Reno City Council Ward 5 position

October 9th, 2020 - 2:00am
Two-term incumbent Neoma Jardon received the most votes in the June primary, but her opposition is calling voters and using social media platforms to unseat the councilwoman.

Election Preview: Reno Council’s newest member Devon Reese and perennial candidate Eddie Lorton face off for at-large seat

October 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
The at-large council position represents residents of the entire city, but in 2024, the city will redraw wards, adding a sixth geographically distinct ward and eliminating the at-large position in the process. Lorton is looking to replace Reese on the council for the next four years.

Election Preview: Real estate agent J.D. Drakulich, incumbent Jenny Brekhus vie for Ward 1 post on Reno City Council

October 8th, 2020 - 2:00am
J.D. Drakulich, a real estate agent, is squaring off against incumbent Jenny Brekhus. Drakulich and Brekhus advanced to the general election after defeating Britton Griffith, vice president of Reno Engineering Corporation, her family’s development firm, during the June primary, which determines the two candidates running in the November election.

Election Preview: Longtime elected official goes head to head with GOP activist for remaining Carson City Board of Supervisors seat

The Carson City City Hall on a sunny day
October 7th, 2020 - 2:00am
The five-person Board of Supervisors, which operates much like a city council with the mayor as the chair, will have to prioritize projects and programs while responding to the continuing and long-lasting effects of the pandemic on the local economy.

Election Preview: Sparks City Council candidates fight to show they know community the best, look to address infrastructure, housing

City of Sparks signage
October 2nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Incumbents Donald Abbott in Ward 1 and Paul Anderson in Ward 3 have had a considerable lead in cash on hand since the cycle started and point to their primary wins as a sign of support from voters. Meanwhile, challengers Wendy Stolyarov in Ward 1 and Quentin Smith in Ward 3 have characterized the incumbents as disconnected from their respective wards and argue that they would be better representatives on the council.

With just over a week of counting left, local leaders make a final push to increase responses to the U.S. census

September 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
More than half of the state’s counties have not hit response rates from 2010 with just over a week remaining to complete those counts. Local leaders across the state have been implementing programs that help them engage in the community in order to encourage participation in the census and educate residents about what the purpose of the census is.

Sparks swears in new mayor, city councilwoman after death of Mayor Ron Smith

City of Sparks signage
September 14th, 2020 - 3:53pm
Lawson was first elected to the City Council in 2010. Appointed in November 2018 as mayor pro tempore — the person who will serve in the absence of the mayor — Lawson will complete Smith's term and will be up for election in November 2022.

Efforts to recall Vegas Councilwoman Michele Fiore at a standstill after organizers fail to collect enough signatures

Four Vegas council members
September 9th, 2020 - 6:22pm
A petition to recall Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore failed to garner enough signatures by its Wednesday deadline, but organizers say this is not the end of their efforts.

Sparks Mayor Ron Smith dies of pancreatic cancer, new mayor to take office in September

City of Sparks signage
August 19th, 2020 - 1:03pm
Throughout Smith's tenure, Northern Nevada's second largest city experienced increased expansion and development accompanied by growing pains of rising rent, homelessness rates and disagreements over how to best address the changes in population and need.

AUDIO STORY: Breaking down Assembly Bill 4 and how vote by mail will work come November

August 6th, 2020 - 4:30pm
AB4 was signed into law by Gov. Steve Sisolak during the second special session of 2020. The bill aims to continue the process of holding a primarily mail-in election come November, this time by mailing ballots to all active registered voters and providing more polling locations in the two urban counties than existed in June for the primary election.

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