Washoe County is accepting applications to represent Nevada State Assembly District 30, after Mike Sprinkle resigned on Thursday. 

An application and information will be available on Washoe County’s website or available in person at the Washoe County Complex, Office of the County Manager at 1001 E. Ninth St., Reno 89512, Bldg. A, 2nd Floor, Room 201, by noon Friday, March 15.

Applications can be emailed to Dana Searcy at dsearcy@washoecounty.us or in person at the Washoe County Complex, Office of the County Manager 1001 E. Ninth St., Reno 89512, Bldg. A, 2nd Floor, Room 201.

The deadline to submit an application is March 19, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Under state law, the County Commission fills vacancies in the state Legislature. The appointee must:

Be at least 21 years old and registered to vote.
Reside in the district he or she is seeking to represent.
Be of the same political party as the resigning member. Sprinkle is a Democrat.
The appointee will serve until the election in November 2020.
A complete application must be submitted.

The Washoe County Board of Commissioners will review applications and may make a decision during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.  

Democratic state Assemblyman Michael Sprinkle said he resigned because he faces sexual harassment complaints, making him the second high-ranking Democratic state legislator to resign in under two weeks.

Sprinkle's resignation announcement Thursday offered no details about the claims made against him but follows the resignation of Senate's Democratic majority leader Kelvin Atkinson last week. Aktinson has since pleaded guilty to a fraud charge and admitted he used at least $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.

He was first elected to the state Assembly in November 2012.

“In light of the growing sexual harassment claims against me I will be resigning from my position as state assemblyman effective today. I consider myself to be a caring and compassionate person who has worked hard to serve the people who have elected me to office. I am truly disappointed in myself for anything that I have done to discredit the legislature or the state of Nevada. As for the claims against me, I am so sorry that anyone ever felt harassed or threatened by me. While that was never my intention, I am taking full responsibility for my actions and would never discredit the feelings or concerns of someone who felt wronged by me. I will continue to seek therapy to better myself and can only ask for forgiveness from those whom I have hurt but mostly from my family who do not deserve what I have put them through. At this time, I ask the members of the press to respect my family’s privacy.”

In response Speaker of the Assembly Jason Frierson released the following statement:   

“I am committed to maintaining a workplace where conduct is appropriate, respectful, and free from harassment. I am deeply disappointed to learn of the behavior of a member of this body that led to his resignation, but our focus must remain on passing legislation that positively impacts all Nevadans.

During the previous legislative session, the Nevada State Legislature created a confidential, independent investigative process to address complaints regarding the personal conduct of legislators, staff, and lobbyists. I urge anyone who is a victim of misconduct or harassment to utilize this process.

Governor Steve Sisolak released this statement:

“I am profoundly disgusted and outraged by Mr. Sprinkle’s reported abuse and misconduct. Let me be perfectly clear: sexual harassment is never to be tolerated – especially by an elected official entrusted to serve the public. I commend the courage of those who came forward to report Mr. Sprinkle’s behavior, and I encourage and support anyone who is made to feel uncomfortable to voice their concerns.

“From day one, I have been committed to ensuring state government is a safe environment for all hardworking employees, which is why I established the Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment with my very first executive order. Let me send a clear message to any and all individuals who think it’s okay to harass others in the workplace: such behavior will not be tolerated, and my administration will see to it that such bad actors face the consequences of their behavior. I also applaud the Nevada legislature for its leadership last session in creating a comprehensive process to investigate complaints of harassment within the legislature. 

“I am committed to fostering an environment where employees feel comfortable voicing their concerns about any inappropriate behavior and feel confident that they will be protected throughout the process. I look forward to strengthening our system of reporting and investigating misconduct complaints within state government even further.”

Assistant Majority Leader Julia Ratti released the following statement on behalf of the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus: 

“Sexual harassment is unacceptable and there is no place for it, in any circumstance, but especially from our elected officials. We condemn sexual misconduct in the strongest terms. Our Caucus commends the women who came forward to shed light on Assemblyman Sprinkle’s behavior.”