Sparks Mayoral Race Pits Martini Against Newhall
Martini is running on experience. He was on the Sparks City Council from 1995 to 2005 and he has been Mayor of Sparks ever since. He has seen the city in good times and in bad. He says by far the worst was the $7-million in budget cuts during the economic downturn. Dozens of employees were cut during that time. And he says things are finally on the upswing again.
He's also excited about the new businesses coming to the area, like Tesla.
Gene Newhall is a full-time trucker and he wants a chance to drive the city his way. This is the third time he's challenged Martini for the job. Newhall has a different vision for Sparks. Instead of building out he wants to build up...the downtown.
And he says cutting business license fees in the short run would pay off for Sparks in the long run.
"A lot of businesses just can't afford it. If we cut the cost of the business fees for like six months to let them get going and then raised them back up...we'd bring more businesses to Sparks and make more money for Sparks in the long run.”
You'll get to decide which candidate is correct on November 4th during the General Election.