Local races set for general election
Updated June 18
Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter
With the final vote totals counted from the mail-in primary election, the races are set for November for a handful of local and county positions.
In the race for the Fernley City Council Ward 2 seat, Felicity Zoberski will face Don Parsons in the general election. Zoberski won the primary with 302 votes, while Parsons finished second with 291. Shellie Severa, who was appointed to the seat after the resignation of Dan McCassie, finished third with 275 votes and L. Michelle De St. Maurice received 80 votes.
In Ward 5, Fran McKay was a runaway winner with 325 votes, but at 44.95 percent, she fell slightly short of the 50 percent plus one majority that would have given her the seat outright, as it did in 2016. Instead, she will face Chris Ward, who finished second with 175 votes, for the seat in November. McCassie, who was running to rejoin the council after moving from Ward 2 to Ward 5, was third with 163 votes, while Auggie Rodriguez was fourth with 60 votes.
In Ward 4, there was no primary election because only two candidates, incumbent Albert Torres and challenger Bill Burrows, so those two will duel in the general election.
With three seats up for grabs on the North Lyon County Fire Protection District Board of Directors, six of the seen candidates qualified to move forward to the general election. Harry Wheeler led the way with 1,614 votes, while McCassie, one of three incumbents running, was second with 1,382. Paul Murphy, a former NLCFPD firefighter, was third in the primary with 1,258 votes. Ray Block was fourth with 859, Pat Hon, an incumbent, was fifth with 917 and Jay Rodriguez was sixth, with 809. Those six are eligible for the general election. The only candidate eliminated was incumbent William Riesen, who received 595 votes.
There were three races for Lyon County Commission seats on the primary ballot, and two of them decided the seat. In District 3, incumbent Ken Gray won a battle of Republicans over Gary Gladwill, and will be unopposed in the general election. Gray received 4,860 votes, to 2,218 for Gladwill.
Likewise, there is no Democrat or independent candidate in the District 5 race, so Republican primary winner David Hockaday will be unopposed in November. Hockaday collected 4,093 votes, Clifford Thompson received 1,650 and Ricky Ortega received 985.
In District 4, Rob Jacobson beat David Thomas in the Republican primary, with 4,517 votes for Jacobson to 1,983 for Thomas. Jacobson earned the right to face nonpartisan candidate Cody Wagner in the general election.
In District 1, Democrat Leandra Carr and Republican Wes Henderson were unopposed in the primary and will face each other in the general election.
All four candidates for the four open seats on the Lyon County School District Board of Trustees were unopposed, and will again be unopposed in November. Those candidates are Sherry Parsons in District 1, Philip Cowee in District 3, Holly Villines in District 5 and Kimber Crabtree in District 7.
State Assembly District 38 incumbent Dr. Robin Titus kept her seat with a landslide victory over challenger Jeff Ulrich. Titus received 6,780 votes, to 1,956 for Ulrich.
June 12 updated vote totals
With additional vote totals posted Friday, the leaderboard remains unchanged in the handful of Lyon County primary election races. The following are the updated vote totals released Friday by the Nevada Secretary of State’s office.
City Council Ward 2
- Felicity Zoberski 301
- Don Parsons 291
- Shellie Severa 275
- L Michele De St. Maurice 80
City Council Ward 5
- Fran McKay 325
- Chris Ward 174
- Dan McCassie 163
- Auggie Rodriguez 60
North Lyon County Fire Protection District Board of Directors
- Harry Wheeler 1,610
- Dan McCassie 1,377
- Paul Murphy 1,256
- Ray Block 958
- Pat Hon 916
- Jay Rodriguez 807
- Williem Riesen 595
Lyon County Commission District 3
- Ken Gray 4,836
- Gary Gladwill 2,211
Lyon County Commission District 4
- Rob Jacoboson 4.495
- Dave Thomas 1,979
Lyon County Commission District 5
- David Hockaday 4,073
- Clifford Thompson 1,648
- Ricky Ortega 979
June 11 update
Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter
Feliciy Zoberski has taken the lead and Don Parsons has moved into second place in the race for a spot in the November general election for Fernley City Council Ward 2 seat.
The Nevada Secretary of State’s office released updated voted totals Thursday morning, which show that Zoberski now has 270 votes, while Parsons has 266. Incumbent Shellie Severa has 261. L Michelle De St. Maurice is fourth in the race with 75 votes.
In Ward 4, incumbent Fran McKay has increased her lead with 314 total votes, but the race for the second spot on the November ballot has tightened up, with Chris Ward currently second with 169 votes and Dan McCassie third with 159. Auggie Rodriguez is fourth with 60.
All three leaders in the Republican races for County Commission seats have extended their leads.
Incumbent Ken Gray now has 4,572 votes, to 2,091 for Gary Gladwill in District 3. Rob Jacobson has 4,240 votes, while David Thomas has 1,877 for the District 4 seat, and in District 5, David Hockaday has 3,845 votes, to 1,568 for Clifford Thompson and 921 for Ricky Ortega.
The order remains unchanged in the race for the six spots on the November ballot for three positions on the North Lyon County Fire Protection District Board of Directors. Harry Wheeler maintains the lead with 1,512 votes, Dan McCassie is second with 1,309, Paul Murphy is third with 1,182, Ray Block is fourth with 909, Pat Hon is fifth with 868, Jay Rodriguez is sixth with 765 and William Riesen is seventh with 571.
In the race for Nevada Assembly District 38, incumbent Robin Titus is a landslide leader over Jeff Ulrich. Titus has 6,506 votes, to 1,877 for Ulrich.
The race for the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 seat is setting up as a battle between Democrat Patricia Ackerman, who has a nearly 12,000 vote lead over Clint Koble in the Democratic primary, while Republican incumbent Mark Amodei has received more than 81 percent of the vote in the Republican primary and leads Joel Beck by more than 43,000 votes.
Original story posted June 9.
Council races close; Gray, Hockaday cruising in Commission races
Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter
With the first batch of the 2020 primary election results released Tuesday night, there are still close races for two Fernley City Council seats, while Ken Gray and David Hockaday have commanding leads for two of the four County Commission seats.
The closest race is for the Fernley City Council Ward 2 seat, where the top three candidates are within 13 votes. Incumbent Shellie Severa, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Dan McCassie moved out of the district, leads with 226 votes. But Felicity Zoberski is right behind with 220, and Don Parsons has 213. The two candidates with the most votes will square off in the general election in November. L Michelle De St. Maurice has received 64 votes.
In the other race on the primary ballot, incumbent Fran McKay has a commanding lead with 268 votes, but the battle for second is close between Chris Ward, with 149 votes and McCassie, who has 133. If McKay holds onto the lead as additional ballots are counted, she would face whoever finishes second in the primary next November in the general election, unless she receives enough votes to push her above 50 percent of the total. A fourth candidate, Auggie Rodriguez, has 48 votes.
In Ward 4, Albert Torres and Bill Burrows were the only two candidates, so they advance straight to the general election.
Three Lyon County Commission races were on the primary ballot, and two of them will be decided in the primary. In District 3, incumbent Ken Gray has 3,882 votes, to 1,818 for Gary Gladwill. The winner of that race will take the seat, because there is no Democrat or other party candidate to run against the winner in the general election.
The same holds true in District 5, where David Hockaday holds a similar margin over his two competitors, with 3,264 votes, while Clifford Thompson has 1,390 and Ricky Ortega has 776.
In District 4, Rob Jacobson has 3,601 votes to 1,633 for David Thomas. But Jacobson will face a challenger in the general election, if nonpartisan candidate Cody Wagner collects 100 petition signatures by June 19 to be placed on the November ballot.
In District 1, Republican Wes Henderson and Democrat Leandra Carr will square off in November, because neither had a challenger in the primary election.
In the other local race, six of the seven candidates for the three seats on the North Lyon County Fire Protection District Board of Directors will advance to the general election. The leader so far is Harry Wheeler, with 1,290 votes. Incumbent Dan McCassie is second with 1,143, while Paul Murphy is third with 994, Ray Block is fourth with 807, incumbent Pat Hon is fifth with 712, Jay Rodriguez is sixth with 673 and incumbent William Riesen is sixth with 486.
The vote totals released Tuesday night consisted of all the votes counted as of 7 p.m. Starting Thursday, June 11, results will be updated by the County Clerk’s office at approximately 9 a.m. each day through Wednesday, June 17, which will consist of ballots counted by the county the previous day. Official final results will be posted June 19.
This post will be updated each day that additional results are released.