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Nevada Election Season Kicks Off With Candidate Filings

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It was a busy morning for the Washoe County Registrar of Voters, and for the City Clerk's offices in both Reno and Sparks as the two week window for candidate filings opened at 8am.

Reno City Hall was the scene of two political rallies for respective candidates Eddie Lorton and Marsha Berkbigler, who were both filing for the office of Mayor.

The Lorton supporters were on hand with bullhorns at 7:30am. The Birkbigler supporters were there when their candidate arrived just before 9 a.m.

Candidates for City Attorney were the first to file and then candidates for mayor and city council wards also turned in paperwork. "It was about what we expected," said City Clerk Lynnette Jones. "It started about two minutes after 8 and it's been about what we expected."

Local business owner Mike Steadman said he's filing for Ward 4 for the City Council to keep the city business-friendly. "I run businesses here and I know what we need to keep businesses coming here. So I'm getting involved to keep things friendly and hopefully to make it even better."

Marsha Berkbigler, currently on the Washoe County Commission filed for the office of Mayor for Reno. "When the (Nevada) Supreme Court ruled that the other known names on the council couldn't run, I decided that the City needs someone who is experienced in business in that job," she said.

Meantime, the Washoe County Registrar opened its doors at 8 a.m. to about a dozen candidates waiting including Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung. "I love what I do for the county and I want to file to retain my seat," she said. When asked about rumors that she'll be running for Reno Mayor she said that's still up in the air. "I just think they need someone with experience in that seat and I am waiting to see what the candidate field looks like and then I'll decide whether or not to throw my hat into the ring there."

And at Sparks City Hall, Mayor Geno Martini was the first to file early Monday morning. As of 10:00 a.m. only three candidates had filed. All incumbents. "That's about what we expected, really," said Sparks City Clerk Teresa Gardner. " A few people picked up packets to fill out too. And we expect to see candidates throughout the filing window."

The Secretary of State's Office and Carson City filing offices were busy as well. According to Washoe County Registrar of Voters Luann Cutler, names for 85 offices will be on the upcoming ballot.

Candidates have through March 14th to file.

Written by Erin Breen    

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