The race in Reno's Ward 5 is a prime example of how term limits are impacting candidates. Dave Aiazzi has termed out in that seat and is now running for the Washoe District School Board. And a current County Commissioner is taking a run at Aiazzi's seat on the council. She's running against a local businesswoman.
Kitty Jung has been on the Washoe County Commissioner for five years now. She was first appointed to fill a vacancy and then elected. So she is now just halfway through her term. So why make the move?
"I think that with the majority of the Reno City Council members changing they will need someone on the council that can deal with a $600-million budget," she said. "Plus, I have experience negotiating with big bargaining units and I have the highest bond-rating on the Washoe County Commission."
Jung was the only Commissioner to back Reno Mayor Bob Cashell in voting to continue the city/county fire services consolidation. She says that's saved taxpayers between $45-$47 million over the 12 years it was in place.
"At this point we have 3-man crews working the unincorporated areas and so they get less service and we've increased their taxes during the worst recession we've ever experienced, Jung said. "I don't think that is sustainable and I don't think it's wise."
Neoma Jardon is a newcomer to politics. She's spent 20 years managing a statewide law office and says that gives her the experience for important negotiations.
"I've spent time at the table with large personalities and I know it's sometimes not what you say but how you say it that can make it positive or negative and we've seen too much of that lately with the city," she said.
Jardon says she's heard the same sentiment from voters over and over again..
"They say that it's great that the city works to bring in new business but that it's hard as existing businesses to get the recognition when you expand or create jobs. I think that's a priority for me and it should be for the city council as well."
And she says the council has lost its common sense with projects like the downtown parking system.
"I think it's just something that was done without considering the global impact and the inconvenience factor," she said. "And obviously not the cost."
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