Filing season opens in Douglas County |

Filing season opens in Douglas County

Michael Schneider

Are you the kind of Douglas County resident who typically says, “If only I were a county commissioner… ?” If so, open filing season for two of the five commission seats, including the lake seat, begins Monday.

Douglas County Clerk Barbara Reed will be at the County Administration Building on U.S. Highway 50 on May 5, from 2 to 5 p.m., and again on May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Reed said she’ll be here so lake residents wishing to file can do so without having to travel to the county seat in Minden.

Commission Chairman Jacques Etchegoyhen, whose district includes the town of Gardnerville, and Don Miner, whose district includes the Lake Tahoe portion of the county, must get voter approval in November if they want to continue their tenure as commissioners.

Etchegoyhen said he will attempt to be elected to another term this fall.

“Hopefully my record speaks for itself,” Etchegoyhen said.

Miner will also seek re-election.

“Youbetcha,” Miner said when asked if he’d be running this year.

The current incarnation of the commission has fared better than the previous one, which had such blemishes on its record as the Slash Bar H Ranch acquisition with county funds, a move that drew much criticism from many county residents.

In the 1996 election, all three incumbent commissioners were not re-elected. Only Dave Pumphrey decided not to seek re-election.

Commissioner Barbara Smallwood lost her seat in the general election to Bernie Curtis. Commission chairman Bob Allgeier lost his bid for re-election in the primary election. His seat was won by Kelly Kite.

Commissioners must hail from the district for which they seek election; however, the entire county votes on each individual race.

A ballot measure which would have elected commissioners district by district was rejected in 1996.

Current commissioners Curtis, who represents the south county area, Weissinger, and Kite who represents Minden and areas in the north county, still have two years to serve on their current terms.

Open filing ends May 18. Candidates may file for the commission openings, for general improvement district board openings and for county offices.

A $100 fee will be charged of commission candidates and candidates for county offices.

GID candidates must pay a $30 filing fee only if the board for which they are running will pay them. Otherwise, filing is free.

Prospective candidates need only be registered voters in their district.

The county election will be held Nov. 3.

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