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Berkbigler, Diss Compete for Washoe County Commission Ward #1

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Marsha Birkbigler has a long history of working with politicians. She's done it as a paralegal. She's done it representing large companies to the state of Nevada. And she's even helped with campaigns. But now, she says she's finally ready to really get involved.

"It's because I finally have the time," she says. "I've always been interested in government, especially local government. It's so important that we have business people with fresh ideas involved!"

She really feels she can make a difference.

"The two big issues are how silly the fire department split was," she says adding that she'd cleaning up the language a bit. "And jobs. The economy that's what people are talking about mostly."

As for the jobs, she says there are a lot of federal grants available and programs to bring businesses here that want to expand here. And she says getting the County to work with the City is key.

As for reconsolidation of  the fire services, her opponent fully agrees.

"I strongly believe that we need one regional fire service," says Democrat Andrew Diss. "It will cut down on reponse times and be better service for the residents of Washoe County."

Andrew Diss has worked as non-partisan staff at the legislature and says using the money Nevada got from the federal foreclosure settlement to fund a local program to help keep Nevadans in their homes could be the financial key for the county.

"Protecting the value of homes and getting those values up would mean more property tax money coming in to the county and that would pay for the sheriff's office, and fire services and senior services and libraries. All of it!"

It will be a new face with new ideas on the county commission either way.

You can find more information on the candidates on their websites at

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