David Bobzien was sworn in as the at-large member of Reno City Council last week.
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From a pool of 74 applicants, the Reno City Council chose David Bobzien as its newest member. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss caught up with the former state assemblyman to learn about his immediate priorities for the post, which include bolstering the city's role in improving public education.
Members of the Reno City Council have unanimously selected Democratic Assemblyman David Bobzien as their newest member, filling the at-large seat left vacant when Hillary Schieve was elected mayor last month.
They made the decision Wednesday night after spending several hours interviewing their top six candidates. The original pool of applicants topped seventy people.
Bobzien has represented Assembly District 24 since 2006. That district covers downtown Reno, along with several other sections of the city.
A recent study found that Nevada needs more skilled workers to fill high-tech jobs for companies like Tesla moving into the region. The labor shortage requires more career-focused education, but there are challenges to overcome, like teacher shortages.
Education leadership in Washoe County has seen several changes just this week as an interim superintendent took the helm and voters elected two first-time trustees. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that after several months of turmoil for the school board, the district is finally entering a new chapter.
Nick Smith beat out board President Barbara Clark by almost 30 percentage points, while Veronica Frenkel narrowly defeated Jim Shaw.