Filing starts Monday for 2002 elections |

Filing starts Monday for 2002 elections

Tribune News Service

The filing period for residents interested in several Douglas County elected positions begins Monday.

Filing for office will be done at the Minden Inn, Room 105, 1594 Esmeralda Ave., and at the Tahoe Administration Building, 175 Highway 50 in Stateline.

Both offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The filing period ends Monday, May 20 at 5 p.m.

Four-year partisan county positions up for election include the county assessor, clerk-treasurer, East Fork and Tahoe township constables, county commission districts two and four, district attorney, public administrator and county recorder.

Nonpartisan elected county seats include county sheriff, district court judge departments 1 and 2, and Douglas County school board areas 2, 4, 6 and 7.

The base salary for district court judges is $130,000; county commissioners, $18,000; district attorney, $72,360; sheriff, $60,000; assessor, clerk-treasurer and recorder, $51,360; constable, $46,550; public administrator, a part-time position, $16,400. School board members earn $80 per meeting with the board president and clerk, earning $85 per meeting.

Non-partisan seats are open on the Gardnerville, Genoa and Minden town boards, and the following special districts: Cave Rock Estates, Douglas County Mosquito Abatement, East Fork Swimming Pool, Gardnerville Ranchos, Indian Hills, Kingsbury, Lakeridge, Logan Creek, Marla Bay, Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation, Oliver Park, Round Hill, Sierra Estates, Skyland, Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection, Tahoe-Douglas Sewer, Topaz Ranch Estates, Zephyr Cove, Zephyr Heights and Zephyr Knolls.

Gardnerville and Minden town board members earn $250 a month. The Genoa town board members are not paid. Some special district trustee seats are compensated and some are not. Each district has the authority to determine compensation.

The filing fee for district court judge is $150. Filing fees for any county office seat is $100, and any district office other than the district judge is $30. The filing fee for constable, town offices and GIDs is $30.

Candidates who have announced their intentions to run include district court judges Dave Gamble and Michael Gibbons, Sheriff Ron Pierini, District Attorney Scott Doyle and District 2 County Commissioner Jacques Etchegoyhen. County Commission District 4 will be contested, with incumbent Don Miner and retiring Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District Tim Smith both announcing a run for the seat.

For County Assessor, Doug Sonnemann has announced his candidacy to replace Barbara Byington, who will retire at the end of her term, while Werner Christen has announced he will run for county recorder to replace Linda Slater, who will also retire.

Incumbent Clerk-Treasurer Barbara Reed has also announced her candidacy.

For the Douglas County School Board, Area 4 Incumbent John Louritt will seek re-election and will likely face a challenge from former district official Kirk Cunningham.

In Area 5 Keith Roman, former DHS teacher and football coach, has announced he is running as well as Connie Wennhold, who resides in Area 6.

For the Gardnerville town board, seats held by Jerry Smith, Tom Cook and Joe Delorey are open. It is not known if the men will seek re-election, as is the case in Minden, with town board seats open that are held by Dave Sheets, Bob Hadfield and Ross Chichester.

In Genoa, seats held by Mike Saffran, Ed Hoffman and Steve Hollister are also open.

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