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March 5, 2012
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Election 2012: Filing begins today for local, statewide races

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The first step in a participatory form of government is to find people willing to participate. That’s what happens starting Monday when filing for the 2012 election begins.

Locally, there are four major races on which to focus — Incline Village General Improvement District board of trustees, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District board of directors, Incline Village justice of the peace and the Washoe County Commission District 1 seat.

Here’s a breakdown of those races, as well as the people who hold the seats up for election:

• IVGID: Bea Epstein, Ted Fuller, Chuck Weinberger

• NLTFPD: Dale Smith, Chris Plastiras, Wayne Fischer

• JOP: E. Alan Tiras

• County Commission District 1: John Breternitz

According to the Washoe County Elections website, Tiras already has filed for re-election. According to previous reports, Breternitz has decided not to run.

The deadline to file is March 16, according to Washoe County Elections. The 2012 primary election is June 12.

According to previous reports, primaries are held for any office that has more than double the number of people applying than the number of positions open.

Therefore, seven or more people would have to file for the three open seats in the IVGID and NLTFPD races in order for a primary to be held. If one takes place, the top six vote-getters move on to the November 6 general election.

For election information, including instructions on how to become registered to vote, a listing of important dates to remember and more, visit For statewide information, visit the Nevada Secretary of State’s election center at

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 5, 2012 01:49PM Published Mar 5, 2012 01:47PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.