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Headshot of Natha Anderson. She is looking at the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Natha Anderson

Three candidates in Sparks are looking to replace outgoing Democratic Assemblyman Greg Smith in the legislature next year. One of them is Natha Anderson, an educator and president of the Washoe Education Association. She spoke with KUNR’s Paul Boger to give her take on the challenges facing the state.

Headshot of Skip Daly. He is looking at the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Skip Daly

Skip Daly has represented residents living in eastern Sparks and the North Valleys for eight years, non-consecutively, in the Nevada Assembly. This year, he once again faces a challenge from Jill Dickman, the Republican who defeated him for a term in 2014. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with incumbent Democratic Assemblyman Skip Daly about his work in the legislature and his bid for reelection.

Headshot of Marie Baker. She is looking toward the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Marie Baker's website

Washoe County has seen explosive growth, especially in the North Valleys where developers have built hundreds of new homes in recent years, but some argue that expansion has not been done strategically. Marie Baker is the Democratic candidate for the District Four seat on the Washoe County Commission.

She spoke with KUNR’s Paul Boger to give her take on the challenges facing the county.

Headshot of Alexis Hill. She is looking at the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Alexis Hill

Rapid population growth in Washoe County has led to a critical shortage of affordable housing and higher demands on services across the region. Alexis Hill is the Democratic candidate for the District 1 seat on the Washoe County Commission.

She spoke with KUNR's Paul Boger about how the county should respond to this issue.

Headshot of Marsha Berkbigler with three dogs. She is looking at the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Marsha Berkbigler

Washoe County’s population has exploded in recent years. In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that roughly 420,000 people lived in the county. Now, that number is more than 471,000. That growth has led to a housing crunch and greater demands on services across the region.

KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Marsha Berkbigler, the incumbent Republican running for a third term representing District 1 on the Washoe County Commission. They spoke about the challenges currently facing the county.

Headshot of Wendy Jauregui-Jackins. She is looking toward the camera and smiling.
Wendy Jauregui-Jackins via Facebook

Throughout this election season, a vast majority of the coverage has focused on the contentious presidential race, but in Nevada, voters will also be asked to decide the fate of several down-ballot contests.

That includes a relatively competitive race in western Washoe County where newcomer Democrat Wendy Jauregui-Jackins is looking to represent District 15 in the state Senate. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Jauregui-Jackins about what lawmakers should do to address the issues related to COVID-19.

Headshot of Heidi Gansert. She is looking toward the camera and smiling.
Heidi Gansert / University of Nevada, Reno

Throughout this election season, a vast majority of the coverage has focused on the contentious presidential race. But in Nevada, voters will also be asked to decide the fate of several down-ballot contests.

That includes a relatively competitive race in western Washoe County where incumbent Republican Heidi Gansert is looking to maintain her seat representing District 15 in the state Senate. KUNR’s Jayden Perez spoke with Gansert about her time in office and what lawmakers should do to address the issues related to COVID-19. 

Headshot of Patricia Ackerman. She is looking toward the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Patricia Ackerman

Since its creation in the 1980's, Nevada's Second Congressional District has sent only four representatives to Congress, all of them Republicans, but demographics in the district are changing and Democrats are becoming a larger percentage of the electorate in Northern Nevada.

One of them is political newcomer Particia Ackerman, a retired high-altitude mountaineer who is challenging five-term incumbent Mark Amodei for the seat. KUNR's Paul Boger caught up with Ackerman at a recent campaign event to talk about the election and the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of Mark Amodei leaning on a red truck with a lake and forest behind him.
courtesy of Mark Amodei

Since its creation in the 1980's, Nevada's Second Congressional District has sent only four representatives to Congress, all of them Republicans, but demographics in the district are shifting and Democrats are becoming a larger percentage of the electorate in Northern Nevada. Despite that, five-term incumbent Mark Amodei has remained relatively popular among voters.

KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Amodei about his bid for a sixth term as well as the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two mail-in ballots.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

For the first time, a majority of the voters in Nevada will cast a ballot by mail in the upcoming June 9 primary. But the decision to switch to a mostly mail-in election hasn’t come without some controversy. KUNR's Paul Boger has the report.

A roll of stickers with an American flag and the text "I voted / Yo Voté."
GPA Photo Archive / Flickr Creative Commons

Nevada’s June 9 primary will be a mostly mail-in election for the first time. All active registered voters should have already received an absentee ballot in the mail.  

If you haven’t received a ballot and want one or believe you should have received one, you’ll need to go online today, May 21, to register or update your registration information. Today is the last day to do so.

Two mail-in ballots laying on a wood table.
Paul Boger / KUNR

COVID-19 has changed just about every aspect of daily life over the past few months, and that includes Nevada’s June 9 primary. For the first time, the Silver State is holding a mail-in election to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. While many voters have already cast their ballot, others have questions. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Wayne Thorley, Nevada’s deputy secretary for elections, to learn more about the primary.

Two women and a girl pose for a picture.
Lucia Starbuck

Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren held a town hall in Reno Tuesday night. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to attendees about issues that matter to them, like climate change and immigration.

Stephanie Serrano

Hundreds of voters gathered in Reno Monday night for Senator Bernie Sanders’ third visit to the Silver State. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano was there and spoke with regional voters.

Bree Zender

Come this November, the general election will be just a year away. Looking ahead, KUNR's Paul Boger sat down with NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea, who is in Reno this week, to break down what we can make of this process so far.

The Nevada Senate
Jana Sayson

Nevada's 2019 legislative session is officially over. To help break down the session and the hundreds of measures passed over the past four months, KUNR's Paul Boger chats with Bree Zender.

El Presidente Donald Trump
Jeff Scheid

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Después de haber perdido Nevada por un breve margen en 2016, el Presidente Donald Trump buscará conquistar el estado bajo la premisa de que una economía sólida, los éxitos de su primer mandato y una mejor operación de campo serán suficientes para marcar la diferencia, según dijeron funcionarios de su campaña la semana pasada. 

Trump 2020 Eyes Nevada After Close Election In 2016

Jun 2, 2019
President Donald Trump in April 2019
Jeff Scheid

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Having barely lost Nevada in 2016, President Donald Trump will make a play for the state with the belief that the strong economy, successes of his first term and an improved field operation will be enough to make the difference, campaign officials said Friday.

Hundreds of posters were seen in supporters hands as they waved them to greet the presidential hopeful.
Stephanie Serrano

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made his first visit to Northern Nevada Wednesday night to rally for his 2020 presidential campaign. Roughly 1,500 people flooded Reno's City Plaza for his speech. KUNR Reporter Stephanie Serrano was there.

"Welcome to Nevada" sign from the side of I-80 east
Famartin via Wikimedia Commons

Census data shows Nevada is the fastest growing state in the nation. Historically, most of that growth has come from Californians moving East. But in recent years, that growth has led to some backlash among conservative Nevadans who see the influx of Californians as the number one reason the state has begun to shift from solid red to purple and, now, blue. KUNR's Paul Boger has the story.

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