Eight Reno Council At-Large Candidates Vie for Votes
Erin BreenChannel 2 News
Reno's At-Large council seat has garnered a lot attention. In fact, eight candidates are vying for that position this cycle. And it's one of the seats where television advertising is in play.
According to TMCC political science professor Fred Lokken, with that many candidates on the ballot you can bet all of them aren't serious.
"Of the 27 candidates running for the open seats on the Reno City Council only a fraction of them are actively campaigning," he says. "The rest are letting the cards fall where they may. I mean for some just being on the ballot is the goal. And for a small filing fee they just wait and see. Thy may get votes just on a fluke of where they are in the line up even. But they are on the ballot."
Here are the candidates in that ward in alphabetical order.
Ed Hawkins is in construction insurance. He wants to see the city re-branded to bring in a new kind of tourist. http://on.fb.me/MNVsJ7
Paul Gordon is a landscape contractor with the endorsement of Assemblyman Pat Hickey. He believes a 'can-do' attitude will turn things around. www.paulgordon2012.com
Scott Kelley is in printing and is a school board trustee. His endorsements include local businesses and school officials. He is for long term planning and funding only core services. www.scottkelleyreno.com
Matt Polley is a small business owner and an entreprenuer. He sees the need for more community engagement and less wasteful spending citywide. www.mattpolley.com
Hillary Schieve is running television ads. She's a small business owner with the endorsement of outgoing councilwoman Jessical Sferrazza. And she wants to see the city stop borrowing money. www.hillaryforReno.com
S. Rowan Wilson is a medical technician endorsed by Planned Parenthood and the Reno Sparks Republican Men's Club. She says debt is the issue and that robbing Peter to pay Paul is never the answer. www.srowanwilson.com
Kathleen Taylor has a background in engineering and communications. She also has a television ad running and says collaboration among agencies and balancing the budget are top priorities. www.TaylorForReno.com
And David Ward is in marketing and advertising. He ran four years ago and came in a close second to Pierre Haschef. He's the other candidate using television advertising. He has the endorsement of the local firfighters and his biggest concern is the city's growing debt. www.DavidWard4Reno.com