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KUNR 2020 Voter Guide: Sparks City Council Ward 1

Oct 16, 2020
KUNR 2020 voter guide for Sparks City Council Ward 1. Illustration of a ballot being placed into a box. A pencil and a roll of stickers are in front of the box.
Crystal Willis / KUNR

In this race, two millennials look to represent the heart of Sparks. Incumbent Donald Abbott, a business owner, was first elected in 2016 as the youngest Sparks City Councilmember ever and considers the creation of the Sparks Senior Citizens Advisory Committee as one of his top accomplishments. Wendy Stolyarov owns Bighorn Communications, a firm that works primarily with labor groups, and previously ran for mayor in 2018. She includes housing, wages and equality as her top priorities.

Spark’s Ward 1 encompasses southwestern Sparks, including Downtown Sparks. Municipal races in Nevada are non-partisan.

KUNR 2020 Voter Guide: Sparks City Council Ward 3

Oct 16, 2020
KUNR 2020 voter guide for Sparks City Council Ward 3. Illustration of a ballot being placed into a box. A pencil and a roll of stickers are in front of the box.
Crystal Willis / KUNR

In the race for Sparks Ward 3, incumbent Paul Anderson faces a challenge from Quentin Smith. Anderson has served on the Sparks City Council since 2018 when he was appointed to the seat after Ron Smith was elected mayor. He has recently faced criticism from community members alleging he used racist tactics in a campaign mailer that appears to show a darkened photo of his opponent’s face, according to the Reno Gazette Journal. According to Quentin Smith’s campaign website, he is a faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Spark’s Ward 3 covers much of eastern Sparks, including the marina. Municipal races in Nevada are nonpartisan.

KUNR 2020 voter guide for Carson City Board of Supervisors Ward 2. Illustration of a ballot being placed into a box. A pencil and a roll of stickers are in front of the box.
Crystal Willis / KUNR

Like the rest of Northwestern Nevada, Carson City is facing many of the same challenges as its larger neighbors — rapid growth, a lack of affordable housing and homelessness. In Ward 2, two candidates look to replace Supervisor Brad Bonkowski, who is not seeking re-election. Stacy Wilke-McCulloch is currently a member of the Carson City School Board. She says she has the experience needed to help lead Nevada’s Capital City through the pandemic. Maurice White is a retired diesel mechanic who says he will bring a diverse viewpoint to the Board.

Carson City’s Ward 2 encompasses the city’s northeastern neighborhoods. Municipal races in Nevada are non-partisan.

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.

A man in a black shirt and gray shorts stands next to a sign for the Nevada and Washoe County Democratic Party Headquarters as he waits in line to pick up a yard sign supporting Democrats on the ballot in Washoe County.
Paul Boger / KUNR

Campaigning in a normal election year can be difficult even for the most seasoned politicians. But campaigning during a pandemic adds a host of new challenges. The biggest might be how does a candidate connect with voters safely.

Nevada mail-in voting. Here's what to know. Illustration of a mail truck.
Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano / KUNR

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User note: If you are accessing this information with a screen reader or related assistive technology, please continue to the paragraph titled “Filling Out Your Ballot” for a transcription of the following infographics.

This illustrated mail-in voting guide is based on reporting from Stephanie Serrano and Natalie Van Hoozer regarding the Nevada 2020 general election. To learn about the state's voting process in detail visit their past reporting here.

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.

A man in a mask waves to someone off camera. There’s a sign in front of him that says, “Adopt a Polling Place.”
Trevor Bexon

Mail-in ballots will be sent to registered voters in Washoe County starting Monday, Oct. 5. KUNR's Lucia Starbuck has the latest updates from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office as this process gets underway.

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GPA / Photo Archive / Flickr Creative Commons

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2020 has brought many changes, including how some voters choose to cast their ballots in this general election. With registration deadlines quickly approaching, here's what voters need to know.

There is a man on a stage with a large American flag behind him hoisted up by a crane on each side. There is a crowd of about 100 people in front of him.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Donald Trump Jr. held an in-person rally in Sparks on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign.

Exterior of the Nevada State Legislature building.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

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Question 1: The Nevada Higher Education Reform, Accountability and Oversight Amendment

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During his recent campaign stops in Nevada, President Donald Trump voiced concerns over the state’s new vote-by-mail law, falsely calling it as an attempt to “rig” the election. For months now, Trump has raised concerns about the validity of the election, sowing doubt amongst voters. KUNR’s Jayden Perez sat down with Jeremy Gelman, a political science professor at UNR, to talk about those concerns and whether it’s eroding the public trust in our electoral process.

A person in plastic gloves is holding a stack of voter ballots.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

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Mailers recently sent by the U.S Postal Service (USPS) make two incorrect recommendations to Nevada voters, including direction to request a mail-in ballot at least 15 days before Election Day and to add a postage stamp. 

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

During his campaign stops in Nevada over the weekend, Republican President Donald Trump made several false claims about Nevada’s new vote-by-mail law, characterizing it as an attempt to “rig” the election. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Tom Perez, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, to talk about that push for more voting by mail, and what the party is doing to elect Democrats in Nevada.

Its dark outside. A man stands at a podium with five American flags behind him. He’s in front of a crowd.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

President Donald Trump used his campaign stop in northern Nevada over the weekend to slam Democrats and sow doubt about the integrity of the election.

President Donald Trump stands at a podium speaking. In the foreground, there’s a large crowd of supporters holding signs and their cell phones. Several American flags are displayed behind Trump.
Paul Boger

President Donald Trump used a campaign stop in Northern Nevada Saturday night to slam Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak for the cancelation of a campaign stop in Reno.

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