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Fernley Republican Women to host sheriff candidates debate

The Fernley Reporter

The Fernley Republican Women (FRW) will host a forum and debate between Lyon County Sheriff candidates Al McNeil and Frank Hunewill at its next meeting Aug. 21 at the Fernley High School Library, 1300 Highway 95A.

A light meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. This event will give the community a chance to hear the candidates speak about themselves and to state their goals and objectives in their own words. The public will have an opportunity to submit questions.

Al McNeil

Al McNeil joined the Marine Corp in 1982, serving his country for the next 21 years. He was promoted to Master Sergeant in 1999; he was assigned as the Operations Chief for 31st MEU SOC where he worked directly with host nations and state departments on planning, development, and mission execution. He returned to the U.S. in 2001 as the Operations Chief for the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., where he retired in 2002. McNeil has made Lyon County his home since 2002 and was elected the 22nd Sheriff of Lyon County in 2014.

Frank Hunewill

Frank Hunewill was born and raised in Lyon County. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After college he worked for the family construction business. In 1993 he went to work for the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and has spent the last 25 years as a Law Enforcement Officer. In 1996, Hunewill graduated from the Nevada Category I Police Academy as one of the top individuals in both academics and firearms. He currently holds a Supervisory POST certificate from the Nevada Peace Officers Standard and Training.

The FRW’s Caring for America/Adopt-a-Soldier Program collects non-perishable foods for the Fernley Food Bank, along with donations of funds and care items for their adopted soldiers. The soldiers need single serving food items, personal care items and, most especially, cards and letters from home. The Literacy Committee collects new children’s books for the Ronald McDonald House and Renown Hospital’s Children’s Ward. All contributions for these important programs will be greatly appreciated. Financial contributions can be sent to the FRW at P. O. Box 412, Fernley, Nevada 89408.

Fernley Republican Women is a group of women (and men as associate members) who share similar conservative values and ideals, and who are dedicated to increasing the influence and effectiveness of women in the cause of good government through political education and active political participation.

For more information, please contact Lorrie Olson at or check the FRW website

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