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June 11, 2014
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Election 2014: Wong, Leijon, Callicrate, Olmer move on for IVGID

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — If Tuesday’s election was any indication, the race for two trustee spots on the Incline Village General Improvement District board ought to be a tight one.

Kendra Wong, Shelia Leijon and Tim Callicrate each received more than 20 percent of Incline residents’ votes in the 7-person IVGID primary, according to unofficial results from Washoe County.

Wong topped the list with 751 votes, good for 24.38 percent, while Leijon was close behind at 714 votes (23.18 percent). Not far off was Callicrate’s 634 votes, accounting for 20.58 percent.

Robert Olmer received 277 votes (8.99 percent), finishing fourth.

The four will vie for two seats being vacated by current board members Bruce Simonian and Joe Wolfe.

“I really appreciate everyone’s support … I’m very glad to be in the top four. I think we have a great pool of candidates for the general election and I’m excited to see how November shapes up,” Wong, 34, said Wednesday. “One of the things I’m looking forward to doing … is to get out and meet more community members.”

Wong said she’ll focus that effort in July and August when the most people and second-home owners are in town, before ramping up heavy campaigning again in October.

“… I’m really pleased with the selection that the community has made, and I think that it affirms my belief that Incline Village and Crystal Bay would really like to have reasonable, responsible representation in the future,” Leijon, 60, said Wednesday. “I plan get my name out there and my platform as clearly stated as possible … so when residents make their selection in November, they’re well informed and they know who they’re voting for.”

Callicrate served as an IVGID trustee from 1997-2000. He thanked voters for their support.

“It’s humbling to be given your votes of confidence and it means a tremendous amount to me as a 29-year resident to be given the opportunity, once again, to vie for a position on the IVGID Board,” said Callicrate, 54, in a statement to the Bonanza. “I look forward to discussing the issues the community feels are the most pressing and hope to be able to share my ideas and vision in a productive and collaborative way.”

Callicrate ran for the IVGID board in 2012 among 10 challengers. He made it past the primary, but lost in the general election.

Olmer, who also ran in 2012 but did not make it past the primary, edged 31-year-old Megan Lade by 16 votes for the final spot in this year’s general election. Lade finished with 261 votes on Tuesday.

“I look forward to working hard, campaigning hard and reaching out to the voters … and finding out what’s most important to them,” Olmer, 58, said Wednesday, “and making sure whatever decisions are made by the board represent what the community and residents of Incline Village and Crystal Bay want.”

Frank Wright (245 votes) and Aaron Katz (198 votes) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in Tuesday’s primary. Both also failed to make it past the 2012 primary.

In all, 3,080 votes were counted in the IVGID race, across 10 districts, which includes early voting.

Across Washoe County, voter turnout was 23.43 percent (217,655 registered voters) for the 2014 primary, nearly 3.5 percentage points higher than the 2012 primary.

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