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June 11, 2014
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Election 2014: Allen, Kuzanek to square off for Washoe sheriff

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen will square off in November against Tim Kuzanek in the race to become Washoe County’s next sheriff.

Allen, 53, easily earned the most votes in Tuesday’s primary election, according to unofficial results from Washoe County, with 22,084 votes, accounting for 46.08 percent.

“I’m very excited, appreciative and somewhat overwhelmed at the support I received (Tuesday) night,” Allen said Wednesday. “My No. 1 goal is to reach out and speak to as many voters as possible over the next 5 months. I feel like I’ve established a good rapport with the community as a spokesperson for (NHP) the past 10-plus years, but I know I need to have more face-to-face time with all the voters in Washoe County.”

Kuzanek, 47, who is the current Washoe County undersheriff, earned 13,325 votes (27.80 percent).

“I’m happy that we had so much support, and I’m so appreciative of the thousands who voted to me … I plan to work every day trying to garner as much support and earn as much public trust as I can,” Kuzanek said Wednesday. “I plan to continue to attending Bonanza meetings, CAB meetings … and as many other social events and various functions as possible so I can get my fingers on the pulse of what’s happening in Incline Village.”

The two will vie for the seat being vacated by Sheriff Mike Haley, who is not seeking a third term.

“Incline Village residents should vote for me because I have served in the Sheriff’s Office for over 20 years, I have worked in every part of this county, and I understand the law enforcement concerns of Incline Village,” Kuzanek said in a previous interview. “I have that experience and I believe I’m the right candidate to get the job done.”

Allen, meanwhile, said his 24-year career with NHP sets him up well.

“As a visible, approachable and caring individual, I believe bringing new perspectives and a community-oriented policing vision are what allow me to be the best choice for your next sheriff,” he told the Bonanza in April.

In all, 47,927 votes were counted for sheriff in Tuesday’s primary. Jim Lopey finished third in the five-person race, with 7,334 votes, while David Butko and James Beltron finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Across Washoe County, 24,638 residents voted in Tuesday’s primary, according to statistics provided by the registrar of voters. Further, 22,841 residents voted early.

Also, 3,488 people voted via absentee ballot. In all, 50,960 votes were tallied for Tuesday’s primary, accounting for 23.43 percent of the county’s 217,521 registered voters.

In all, 27,587 registered Republicans voted in the 2014 primary, as opposed to 16,967 Democrats.

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