Four file for Carson City mayor; Angle files for senate

none voteAt the 11th hour, three people joined Bob Crowell in the Carson City mayor’s race, forcing the only primary in the capital’s local election contests.

Mayor Bob Crowell is seeking his third term in the office.

He will face Jerry Cinani, a counselor with Sierra Counseling and Neuropathy, Chris Carver of Carson City Politics and former parks and recreation official Kurt Meyer.

“The city is on the cusp of doing some great things and I’d like to see it finish out,” Crowell said. “This is for Carson City. The mayor’s job is not about me, it’s about the city.”

Cinani said he filed in part because he doesn’t think the mayor’s race should be uncontested. He also said he would make different decisions than the existing board has made in several areas, although he declined to give details at this point.

Meyer was a recreation supervisor for the city’s parks and recreation department for 25 years before retiring.

Meyer said he too believes there should be a choice for mayor and believes he can “bring a fresh new look on some of the issues here in Carson City.”

“I’m excited for the possibility to contribute,” he said.

Carver said he initially filed because he didn’t believe Crowell should run unopposed. All three of his opponents filed Friday saying the same thing.

But Carver also said he wants to “streamline government and focus our spending on essential services.” He said the city has an obligation to take care of infrastructure which he said the supervisors aren’t doing.

While both supervisors’ races and one school board seat are contested in Carson City, each has just two candidates so they automatically advance to the November General Election.

Statewide, Sharron Angle, who lost in her bid to unseat outgoing U.S. Senator Harry Reid in 2010, has again filed for Reid’s senate seat.

Nevada conservative Sharron Angle says she’s trying to determine if she could raise enough money to run for the U.S. Senate again

Nevada conservative Sharron Angle says she’s trying to determine if she could raise enough money to run for the U.S. Senate again, a move that could throw a wrench in Republicans’ hopes to claim Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s soon-to-be-vacant seat.

The tea party darling won the Republican nomination in a divisive three-way primary in 2010, then lost to Reid in the general election, 50 percent to 45 percent.

Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Heck and former Democratic Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto currently are vying to replace Reid.

Angle said during a taping of KRNV-TV’s “Nevada Newsmakers” on Thursday she’s excited that two state GOP lawmakers — Sen. Don Gustavson of Sparks and Assemblyman Brent Jones of Las Vegas — have launched the “Run Sharron Angle for Senate Committee.”

She said she hasn’t decided whether to enter the race and didn’t indicate if she might run as a Republican or a third-party candidate.

“If you look on the website, you see I’m looking for that support,” Angle said. “I need to know that people want me to run and that, of course, translates into dollars and cents.”

Judge rewrites description of Nevada voter photo ID measure

CARSON CITY — A state judge Wednesday rewrote a description that details the effect of a voter photo identification initiative backed by conservative activist Sharron Angle.

After two separate hearings on challenges to the initiative’s wording, Carson City District Court Judge James Russell came up with his own language describing what the proposed constitutional amendment would do.

Sharron Angle

Sharron Angle

Russell added words clarifying acceptable forms of identity to include state of Nevada or federal government documents, as opposed to “certain government-issued documents” included in the original petition that critics said was vague.

The judge also tweaked language pertaining to “free” cards that would be issued to people without photo identification and added that the provision carries “a financial cost to the state.”

All sides seemed pleased with the outcome.

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