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I feel honored to work hard to stay in touch with constituents in my Assembly district, to understand the concerns of they and their families, their businesses, and their school system.
Being in legislative leadership, I have respect for persons on all sides of the political spectrum, and always try to do my best to remember--that before I am a Republican, I am a Nevadan. I hope to earn your continued support as the Assemblyman for AD 25. Thank you...Pat Hickey
I am told we can’t complain about the elected officials if we don’t vote. I vote and vote, and I’m tired of complaining; I'm running for office because something has to change. For the last five years, Liberals have addressed every government funding issue with a proposal to raise taxes rather than reduce the scope of Government. For the last five years, Liberals have exploited every human tragedy to attack the American Bill of Rights rather than address our highly medicated society. For the last five years, Liberals have abused and oppressed the manufacturing and raw materials industries which create jobs, develops the infrastructure, and stimulates the economy. I’m running for office because I’m disgusted by what has happened to our country, our government, and our leadership.
I am running for office to give all Nevadans the professional and ethical public servant they deserve.
I am for:
Professionalism in Public Service
Ethical Integrity in Politics
Defending the U.S. Constitution and American Bill of Rights
My legislative efforts will be focused on reducing unemployment, developing sound fiscal policies and providing needed revenues without new taxation. We need to make Nevada more attractive to a wide range of businesses and accelerate job creation. By reducing energy costs, removing barriers to competition, encouraging rural development and supporting Nevada entrepreneurs, we can get Nevada working again.
I am tired of the career politicians who are looking to further their political careers, who put those careers above the needs of the people they represent. There is much work to be done to get Nevada back on the right track. We still have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, one of the highest foreclosure rates, and a failing school system. We simply cannot keep sending the same types of career politicians to represent us who implement the same failed policies and expect a different result. We need someone new and different, with fresh ideas.
We see our freedom and liberties slipping away at an alarming rate. The time has passed for sitting back and hoping someone will fix things. It's a time for boldness and action. That is why I am running for this office. Please visit my website for more information. Thank you.
Chase is active in the local theatrical arts community, as a director and producer. She is the artistic director of Merry War Theatre Group.
Arizona State University
Truckee Meadows Community College
Office of the Washoe County Treasurer 1998-current
Washoe County Treasurer 2010-current
Mr. Keller will help maintain synergy by keeping our local Constable's Office in tune with our community.
My experience at the court was a stepping stone to the lawyer I have become today. In 1987, the law clerks were also tasked with the responsibility of acting as court bailiff. There were no full time deputies in the court room. Therefore, when court was in session, the law clerk was present. As law clerk, I had the opportunity to review the entire scope of the legal experience. I was able to experience civil, criminal, estate, family law and appellate issues. One of the highlights was the opportunity to work on pretrial motions for Habeas Corpus on one of the largest criminal RICO trials in the State of Nevada.
When I chose my practice, I decided that I wanted to go into litigation At that time, the Court Annexed Arbitration program was not in force. This allowed some lower exposure matters to progress to a jury trial. Younger lawyers were, therefore, allowed earlier trial experience. In my first year of practice, I had my first solo jury trial. In my 26 years of practice, I have had multiple jury trials and trials to the court. I have been in the trenches. This will allow me to be a better judge. I have practical, versus theoretical experience.
I believe in the jury system. One of my favorite quotes from Thomas Jefferson is as follows: "I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet devised by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution." I have seen rights of the less fortunate upheld by juries in Washoe County. I have seen instances where brave judges have enforced the rights of the citizenry. I want to be part of the process.
To balance work, I have always had my family. My daughters have all graduated from college. The youngest from the University of Nevada. Two have multiple degrees. They are all employed in honorable professions. They are truly my reason for being. However, even more than my children, I enjoy my four grandchildren. It is because of my children and grandchildren that I want to work to make society a better and safer place for future generations. At this time in my life, I feel the best way I can do this is from the bench. I ask you for that opportunity.
Law school: Pepperdine University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1986
Special Master (guardianship and constructional defect). I conduct special master hearings, monitor case status, draft reports and recommendations for orders including scheduling, discovery, accounting compliance, and handle other court referred disputes.
Probate Commissioner/Court Master. I presided over uncontested and contested probate/trust matters and settlement conferences, reviewed court files, and prepared recommendations for orders on contested cases and other motions, including summary judgment.
Law clerk/bailiff. I assisted the judge on and observed all proceedings handled by the district court including criminal and civil hearings, jury and bench trials, discovery disputes, evidentiary motions, arraignments, sentencings, probation revocations, post-conviction relief, jury instructions, municipal court appeals, probates and other proceedings. I reviewed and prepared draft orders and decisions on all submitted matters, including pre-trial motions and trial decisions.
United States Senate, Washington, D.C.: Intern for U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt
I practiced family law, litigation, and estate planning through my Reno and Carson City firm, Jenkins Law Office, which I founded in 2003. From 2002-2005, I also served as an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, teaching Legal Research and Writing as well as an Honors class on Remedies.
I volunteered with my local CASA organization and rose to serve as its President. Currently I am the Vice President of Austin's House, a Northern Nevada emergency teen foster shelter. I serve as a volunteer attorney for VARN (Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans) and for Nevada Legal Services.
I am committed to personal and intellectual honesty, and you can trust to me to say what I mean and mean what I say. Every judge has personal opinions, but the quality of a judge can measured in her ability to put those opinions aside and apply the clear rule of law. I have an open mind and value hearing differing ideas to reach a fair outcome.
My ethics keep my conduct on track. As a public officer, I hold myself accountable not only to my own values and those of my family, but also to the Canons of Judicial Conduct and the ethics identified by the citizens I serve.
Family court judges must be able to look at complex and difficult situations, weigh the facts and apply the law fairly. My ethics provide a solid foundation for using good judgment, determining the best interests of the children affected (or the least harmful outcome), and applying the law with a healthy dose of common sense.
I hold ethics in the highest regard and, if elected, will foster an open and ethical courtroom environment in Department 11.
I have lived in Washoe County for more than 30 years. I married and raised my children here. I have always engaged in community service. I hosted a legal advice radio program "Chuck Weller and the Law" on KKOH for more than 12 years. I wrote a legal advice column in the Reno Gazette Journal for three years. I was a volunteer lawyer for every available local outlet. I want to make this community a better place for my family and your family.
I ran for, and was elected judge in 2004 to continue my career goal of helping people to use the law to improve their lives. In my second year on the bench I was injured by a disturbed individual. I returned to the bench as soon as I could because of my dedication to the work of the Family Court. I was re-elected in 2010.
At the Court, I am responsible to oversee the programs designed to help people who appear without lawyers. About 70% of the people who appear in Family Court do not have lawyers.
While handling a full case load in Family Court, I also earned a Masters Degree and PhD in Judicial Studies at UNR. I did this because it is important for a judge to learn as much as possible about the best solutions for families, the community and the children impacted by decisions. I have studied child development, substance abuse, domestic violence and many other family related subjects. The Nevada Supreme Court recognized this effort with its Outstanding Achievement in Judicial Education Award.
I have been a chairman, director or member of numerous committees for the improvement of the courts and the community, including: -Chairman, Washoe County Commission's Justice Facility Working Committee; -Chairman, Nevada Supreme Court's Interim Committee to Revise Standard Protection Orders; -Washoe County Sheriff's Honorary Deputies Association; -United States Navy League; -Board of Trustees, Washoe County Law Library; -Reno Host Lions
I am honored to have the support of community leaders like Sparks Mayor Gino Martini, Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, Catherine Cortez Masto, Bernice Martin Mathews, and the overwhelming majority of lawyers who practice law in Washoe County's Family Court.
University of Nevada, Reno, College of Business Administration, evening MBA program 1988-1990; left to start own law practice.
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1981-1984, Juris Doctor degree. Top 25% of class, Traynor Honor Society, BNA/ U.S. Law Week award.
In my family law practice, I handle divorce, child custody, visitation disputes, adoptions, and termination cases, as well as probate and guardianships. My criminal practice is trial work in State and Federal courts, both misdemeanors and felonies, including drug and homicide cases.
I have always been an advocate and trial lawyer, and making sure that a client has had a fair hearing has been at the heart of my practice. I bring that trial and courtroom experience with me, to make sure that everyone has a fair trial or hearing in every matter, and there are few matters that touch the heart more than family cases. Divorces, custody fights, visitation, adoptions, and terminations happen every day, and they can be the most devastating thing to ever happen to a family. It is important that the people of this county have a family court judge who can help them settle a case quickly if possible, try it fairly, if it needs to be tried, and get them out of the system to carry on their lives.
I have participated in hundreds of cases, and thousands of client matters, over the years. That includes the negotiation and settlement of hundreds of family law cases, and I bring that experience with me to help others resolve their differences in these very difficult cases. I have worked as a pro tem judge for Reno Municipal Court since 2004, and in Sparks Justice Court since 2010, filling in as necessary as the courts need me, and I want to bring that service to the people of this county full time as a family court judge. Family law is about people, and my practice has always involved helping individuals through life’s toughest times. This is a specialized area that requires a real knowledge of the law and rules of practice, and I would be honored to serve this County as a family court judge.
1.5 years with NV State Personnel as an Education and Learning Officer.
8.5 years with Washoe County. For six years, I was the Learning/Performance Specialist with the Human Resources Department, developing and coordinating training programs for all 3000 employees. For the past two years, I have served as the Organizational Development Manager and a member of the County Senior Management Team.
As a skilled educator/trainer, workforce development professional, experienced facilitator, bilingual communicator and a parent of a high-school sophomore with 10+ years in Washoe County schools, I am eager to commit my skills, thoughtfulness, and enthusiasm to educating and developing the skilled leaders of tomorrow.
My time on the Sparks City Council and the Washoe County Commission will serve the School Board through my familiarity of holding a public office. There are many obstacles and challenges that our children face today. One of those obstacles is when decisions are made quickly and without the experience needed to make them. My experience can be used to make the best possible decisions for our children’s future.
My late wife, Yvonne Shaw, and I had a shared vision, dedication, and passion for this area and our schools. Yvonne has been memorialized by having a middle school christened after her, as well as the Yvonne Shaw Memorial Scholarship fund. This fund, alongside the Tom Mayer Memorial Scholarship fund, were set up by myself to help local scholars get help in paying for college. I would like to carry my dedication to education into the future by serving our kids, and our community, as a voice on the Washoe County School Board.
Associate Director of Music, St Francis Catholic Church.
Pianist, Martis Camp.
Substitute Teacher, Lake Tahoe School.
Docent, Thunderbird Lodge.
I am a sole-owner proprietor business owner here in Incline Village where I have lived as a full-time, year-round resident since June of 1985. I have been a professional pianist/vocalist for over 30 years.I have produced two compact discs of background piano music entitled ‘Serenade From Tahoe’ which have been steadily climbing the charts on Pandora, iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby, to name a few.
Served as Chairman, Vice-Chairman (2x), Secretary
Board representative to the Citizen's Advisory Board
As an IVGID Trustee, I was given the honor to serve as the Board Chair (1999), Vice Chair (1998/2000) and Secretary (1997). During my tenure on the Board, my fellow officers and I were tasked with several important issues: the hire of a new General Manager, a Management Audit, a Wages & Compensation Audit, a complete reorganization of the District, replacement of Burnt Cedar Beach facilities, renovation of the Village Green, sewer/water main redundancies and defensible space initiatives.
MBA, Arizona State University
Pursing PhD in Organizational Leadership, Northcentral University
M.P.A. - Masters in Public Administration and Policy - Specialty in Water, Energy and Minerals Policy, UNR
I hold a license as a Professional Geologist.
As the first Director of the Truckee River Flood Project, I managed a multi-million dollar effort to prevent flooding and restore the Truckee River ecosystem. I supervised the planning, design and construction of the project, and achieved consensus on numerous contentious issues, culminating with the formation of a regional Joint Powers Authority.
As the Director of the Nevada Division of Water Planning, I got the first state water plan adopted in 25 years with bi-partisan support from the Legislature. During that period, I also implemented the state water conservation program and water education for teachers program, and worked to resolve Walker Lake issues.
As Deputy Executive Director of the South Florida Water Management District (Everglades restoration), I managed operating budgets up to $300 million, overseeing 800 staff in 8 service centers.
To move forward, we need leaders who can think outside the box, bring people together to overcome their differences and actually get big things done. I have the skills and experience the city council could use in this time of transition and change.
As we move out of the recession, we can be one of the comeback and reinvention winners, or one of those cities that just muddles along. I know which I want Reno to be.
I have had great success as a business owner and a public servant, helping to build consensus for important projects that create jobs and improve our quality of life. I have always tried to live up to my last name and be a “do-er.”
As the State Water Planner, I worked to develop the first state water plan in 25 years. This wasn’t easy – this is the West after all, where “whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting,” as they say – but the plan got a standing ovation during a joint session of the legislature, when Democrats controlled one house and Republicans the other.
As Executive Director of the Truckee River Flood Project, I managed to get local governments to come together to sign a Joint Powers Agreement, and achieved hundreds of unanimous votes during my six years there. We secured millions in funding and contributions, finished four major construction projects, and developed others which are about to begin. These are projects that will not only help prevent costly flooding but have put hundreds of people to work.
I have spent my career managing people, money and projects. My success is largely due to my genuine interest in listening to people, building partnerships, and doing what is right for the community.
I believe the Reno City Council needs this kind of get-things-done experience and attitude. That’s why I’ve decided to run. I hope you will give me the chance to work for you on the Reno City Council.
I currently serve as chairman of the Regional Transportation Commission, a Regional Planning Governing Board member since 2003, and am a board member of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.
I am admitted to practice in federal and state courts in Nevada and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
I have experience with City government, having previously served on the City of Reno Financial Advisory Board. I also served on the Fairness in Reno Sparks Taxes (FIRST) Blue Ribbon Task Force, which studied the tax distribution structure among local governments to identify which services are genuinely “regional” and should be supported evenly across all jurisdictions. Most recently, I chaired the Reno Service Priorities Task Force, which advised the Reno City Council on service prioritization, financial strategies, and community needs in response to the economic downturn.
Make Sure the City Follows the Law
I will fight to ensure that all actions taken by the City are lawful, legally defensible, and do not expose taxpayers to unnecessary risk. I believe that residents and businesses must be treated fairly when interacting with the City and that everyone who seeks City approval of a license, permit or project should get a timely and unbiased response supported by the law. I will enforce transparency and accountability in City government, including strict compliance with the Nevada open meeting and public records laws.
Keep the City Out of Bad Business Deals
I will fight to protect your tax dollars and ensure that they are properly accounted for and spent in a lawful, sensible and sustainable manner. I will ensure that every contract or financial transaction is in the best interests of the City by requiring any terms and conditions necessary to protect taxpayers to the greatest possible extent. I will not allow taxpayers to suffer the consequences for those who do not fulfill their contractual or financial obligations to the City.
Aggressively Prosecute Crime
I will fight to keep our families and community safe, hold criminals accountable, and seek justice for victims. In my years of working with prosecutors and other criminal justice professionals, I have seen firsthand how dangerous behavior can escalate, and how a tough response to misdemeanor crime can prevent homicides. I will aggressively prosecute misdemeanor domestic violence and DUI crimes to change offender behavior BEFORE it results in a fatality.
City of Sparks Charter Committee 2012- present
Citizen Lobbyist 2011 & 2013 Nevada Legislature- focused on fiscal issues, education and Second Amendment
I grew up here as the oldest of six children and have watched Sparks grow in the past 50 years. I learned to swim at Deer Park Pool and entered the summer reading contests at the Sparks Library. In 1960 the population was 16,618 and today Sparks has grown to 90,264. Growth brings opportunities and challenges to our infrastructure and resources. As a City Councilwoman I will address these challenges from the perspective of a taxpayer and resident, but also understanding that wise spending today can save us money in years to come.
My passion for my community led me to volunteer in my sons` schools and church, PTA, United Way, the WCSD, Junior League of Reno, Sparks Little League and Pack PAWS Women`s Athletic Boosters. I have over 30 years of community volunteerism. I bring leadership skills from my community involvement to the City Council.
I married a boy from Ely and we raised our two sons in Sparks because we love the family-friendly atmosphere of our city. As a cancer-survivor I value my health and family as priorities in my life.
My strongest trait is my people skills. As a Flight Attendant for 37 years I have developed communication, customer service and teamwork skills. I have an understanding of different cultures, languages and personalities as I travel the world. Trapped at 36,000 feet I have strong conflict management and resolution skills.
My focus for Sparks is economic growth, fiscal responsibility, streamlining business licensing , maintenance of parks and recreation facilities, public safety and a community partnership to address the issue of school violence.
I know Sparks, I care about Sparks and I bring a fresh voice to best represent the residents of my great city.
1. Promote Safety- We must continue to support our police and fire department as they keep our environment safe and give us security as we live, play, and care for our families.
2. Support Economic Growth- With our unemployment rate sitting at 9%, we must continue to create a job market that draws new families and businesses into the Sparks area. A large focus of mine will be to work with city staff to help streamline the process of opening new business in Sparks and walk through the necessary steps of construction. The goal will be to support an environment where new businesses and investors see Sparks as the best option for them as they invest their time and money into the local region.
3. Focus on tomorrow by assuring infrastructure needs are met- Because of the downturn of the economy seven years ago, there are many infrastructural areas that need ongoing attention. This will ensure that ten years from now our sewers, streets, sidewalks, and commodities that our citizens depend upon are functional and strong.
4. Connecting people on common ground- Though this is #4 on the strategic list, it is a very important part of what I bring to the equation. Over the last 20 years, I have diligently worked in the public sector to connect people and teach them to discover common ground, regardless of differences of opinion or thought. We must connect as a community if we want to become strong and ward off the dangers of future economic shifts.
5. Quality of life- This will be the result of the first four strategic goals successfully being met. It is my goal to help maintain a feeling of safety, trust, and security for families, businesses, and individuals, thus promoting quality of life among every citizen of Sparks.
I commit to you as the voter to work with the City Council, the City Staff and the Mayor as we work diligently to represent and serve the city of Sparks. As you vote for me you will be voting for a person who will be available to listen, equipped to strategically find answers, and will walk with integrity and honesty in the decisions that must be made.