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University of Nevada Regent Ron Knecht, Candidate for State Controller  (confirmed) http://www.ronknecht.com/– Ron Knecht is an economist and policy analyst, Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer (in CA), and law school graduate. He has spent half of his 43 working years in public service / education and half in private entrepreneurial small business, all in professional and managerial positions.

Ron was elected to the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education in 2006 as the representative for District 9, including southern Washoe and Carson City Counties. For two years, he served as Chairman of the Business & Finance (budget) Committee and for one year as Vice-Chairman; and he chaired the Board’s Audit Committee in 2007-08 and again for 2013-14.

Lauren Scott, Candidate for Assembly AD30  (confirmed) http://www.scottfornevada.com/– We need visionary and decisive leaders in Carson City, not legislators beholden to powerful unions or corporate interests. If left unchecked, political cronyism will turn Nevada into a corporate wasteland, not a state for the people. I will bring leadership and integrity to the Nevada Assembly. I will put the people of Nevada, not good ol’ boy politics, first.

My legislative efforts will be focused on reducing unemployment, developing sound fiscal policies and providing needed revenues without new taxation. We need to make Nevada more attractive to a wide range of businesses and accelerate job creation. By reducing energy costs, removing barriers to competition, encouraging rural development and supporting Nevada entrepreneurs, we can get Nevada working again.

I was an active-duty member of the US Air Force for nearly seven years. I served three years in Nevada at the Tonopah Test Range in support of F-117A Stealth Fighter operations. I qualified as a small arms expert with the M-16 rifle, earned two Achievement Medals and received a Commendation Medal for my service during Operation Desert Storm.

Rick Fineberg, Candidate for Assembly AD25  (Confirmed) http://rickfineberg.com Rick Fineberg graduated from UCLA with a degree in psychology, and attended Southwestern University School of Law. He went on to open his own law firm, the Law Offices of Richard Fineberg, and spent 35 years practicing law as a trial attorney, specializing in labor law and workers’ compensation. Admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court in 1980, he was appointed a judge pro tem of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board in California in 1984. Rick retired in 2008 and moved with his lovely wife Carole to the great Battle Born State of Nevada. He has been a Republican for over 30 years (thank you Jimmy Carter). Since moving to Nevada, Rick has been involved in the Republican party and is presently a member of the Washoe County Central Committee and the Nevada Republican Assembly, where he was treasurer of that organization in 2012. Rick Fineberg is a gun owner and ardent supporter of the Second Amendment and belongs to the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America and the International Defensive Pistol Association. Rick formed the Gun Ownership and Defense (G.O.D.) group which meets twice monthly at Del Webb’s Sierra Canyon to advance local citizens’ awareness and understanding of 2nd Amendment issues, and to provide firearms safety and training to seniors. Rick Fineberg is a Constitutional Conservative who is also active in social media and writes a political blog espousing conservative principles.

Adam Kahn Candidate for Assembly AD30  (confirmed) http://nevadaforadam.com/ I am a second generation Nevadan and lifelong resident of Sparks. As a kid, my mother instilled in me the importance of volunteering and giving back to our community and as such, my family and I annually served Thanksgiving dinners to those in need in our community, participated in community park cleanups, and volunteered at local organizations such as the Nevada Food Bank. I have continued helping the community through volunteer work with the Salvation Army and Big Brothers and Big Sisters, as well as partaking in numerous volunteer projects such as the Truckee River Cleanup. This passion for helping others and my love of math are coupled with my job as a teacher at the Northern Nevada Literacy Council where I teach math to adult students who are seeking to attain their GED.

I enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends–barbecuing, camping, family game night, and watching football.I look forward to knowing you and to further discuss my plans to represent District 30.

Chuck Allen, Candidate for Sheriff (confirmed) http://www.chuckallenforsheriff.com Chuck Allen  is a twenty-four year veteran of the Nevada Highway Patrol and is currently assigned as the public information officer (PIO) for his agency. He has served in many assignments with the department to include an initial two-year tour in Lovelock after graduating the academy, followed by nearly 22 years working as a trooper in the Reno-Sparks and Carson City areas. One of his career highlights involved working nearly two years on the newly formed dignitary protection detail at the Governor’s Mansion from 1995-1997. In his current role as the spokesperson for his agency, which he has held for the past 10 years, his day-to-day activities include communicating with his NHP command staff personnel and with the multitude of media outlets on highway-related emergencies and events, as well as educating the public with various safety briefings and presentations.

Chuck Allen is also a member of the Nevada Air National Guard where he is currently assigned as the Group Superintendant for the 152nd Logistics Readiness Squadron in Reno. Before being selected for that position, he served as the human resource advisor for the base commander providing direction for the management, development and diversity-related issues to over 1130 personnel. Trooper Allen has served in the military for nearly 30 years and holds the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. During his tenure with the Air National Guard, he has attended several leadership military academies in residency and has deployed in command level positions to Iraq, Germany, Puerto Rico and Ecuador. He attended the Chief’s Executive Course in Washington D.C. in 2012 and recently became an instructor for the “Four Lenses” personality-based assessment/instrument training in September.

Chuck is very involved, engaged and committed to our community. He has served as an active board member for the Nevada Humane Society (NHS) for nearly 8 years. He has been on the executive committee for over 4 years and was recently elected to the role of vice-president. Chuck also sits on the executive committee for Special Olympics Nevada and participates in a number of fundraising events throughout the year to include “Tip-A-Cop”, “Tip-A-Hero”, and the exclusive “Cops & Burgers” event which he created in 2008. He also served as Director of the Nevada Law Enforcement Torch Run from 2008-2010. On a national level, Trooper Allen is currently the past president of the National Information Officers Association (NIOA); an organization comprised of over 600 public information officers from all 50 states and Canada headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Trooper Allen has received numerous federal and state military awards during his three decades of service to his state and country. On a local level, he was also recognized as the Reno Gazette-Journal’s “Citizen of the Year” in 2010 and received the prestigious Mark Twain Community Service Award from the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in 2008.

Trooper Allen is married to his wife Teresa of 21 years and they have two grown children; Bailey and Sheldon, and they reside in Reno.Jill Dickman

Jim Lopey, Candidate for Sherrif (confirmed)  www.jimlopey.com   Jim Lopey is a native Nevadan who currently serves as Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Coordinator for 15 of 17 Nevada Counties. Lopey works out of the Nevada Threat Analysis Center (NTAC). The NTAC serves as the state fusion center in Carson City, under authority of the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Lopey, coordinates information sharing amongst 450+ TLOs in 120 different agencies and organizations throughout the state. He is an accomplished instructor and terrorist expert having formally taught or presented over 170 domestic and transnational terrorism related courses and presentations during the past several years. Lopey has taught Executive Leadership/Ethics based training in Nevada, California, Europe and Africa. He is also an accomplished Active Shooter trainer who had conducted training sessions throughout the State of Nevada. Lopey earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from University of Nevada, Reno and has a master’s degree in Emergency Crisis Management from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He is an FBI National Academy graduate and has attended the Senior Management Institute for Police, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has over 140 other formal schools and training courses that he has attended during his long career.

Lopey began his career in law enforcement with Washoe County (NV) Juvenile Probation in 1976. At the same time he served as a Reserve Sparks Police Officer but in 1978 was hired by the Washoe County (NV) Sheriff’s Office (WCSO). Lopey served as a Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain in numerous assignments prior to being appointed Acting Undersheriff in 1998. He has almost 20 years of supervisory experience with the Sheriff’s Office and served as a deputy sheriff for over 8 years. Most of his early career was spent in Detention, Patrol and Detectives. While a line detective he personally investigated nearly 700 felony cases—with the majority of cases being crimes against persons. He also served on SWAT form nearly 16 years and served as its commander for 4 ½ years. Lopey was later appointed the Assistant Sheriff of Operations. From 1998-2007, where Lopey led the agency’s Homeland Security activities, Patrol, Detectives, Training, Records, Civil, Backgrounds, Search and Rescue and Aviation units. He organized, developed and wrote procedures as the first Internal Affairs Section Commander with WCSO. He investigated over 100 formal Internal Affairs cases in various capacities. He was instrumental in obtaining funding and creating the Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center in Reno. He obtained funding and later helped train and organize the Citizen’s Emergency Response Team (CERT).

At 17 years of age Lopey joined the U.S. Army and served with distinction as a paratrooper with the 509th Airborne. While serving overseas he was the recipient of German and British jump wings and attended Italian Alpine Ski School. He has been the recipient of numerous law enforcement awards, including the WCSO Sheriff’s Star and a Transportation Security Administration Commendation when he subdued a suspect who attempted to break into the cockpit of an airliner during a flight from Africa to the United States. He arrested an armed subject during a SWAT raid and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for Valor for his involvement in a shootout with a murder suspect. He was awarded a life saving commendation from Judge Peter Breen for saving the life of a young woman while employed by juvenile probation. Lopey’s twin brother Jon is currently the Sheriff of Siskiyou County, California.

Lopey is married and has three sons. His two oldest sons served in combat in the Middle East. His youngest son is a high school student.

Lopey is a 4th generation native Nevadan who cares deeply for the community– his vision is to lead the Sheriff’s Office into a new era of excellence and accountability for all citizens and visitors of this great county. In his opinion any elective position should be based on the proven ability to work with others, experience, training, education and proven leadership ability.

Lopey is not a status quo kind of leader. Quite the contrary—he pledges to provide the best possible service to the citizens of this great state. His vision and agenda are quite aggressive but the transition of new leadership requires innovation and renewed focus. He plans on taking his ideas, ideas of the citizenry and those of the employees to new heights. Law enforcement must change with the times. The highlights his 10 point Innovation Plan designed to change the culture of the agency encompass short term and long term strategic goals as follows: See Website for Details

Councilmember Ron Schmitt, Candidate for Assembly AD31 (confirmed)  www.schmitt4nevada.com  Ron Schmitt was born in Hahira, Georgia. He has resided in Sparks for nearly two decades. Throughout his career, Mr. Schmitt has been a successful contractor and businessman. Mr. Schmitt is the owner and general manager of the business consultant firm rps enterprise. His participation in local and business civic groups and programs gave him the desire and passion to make a difference and become involve in local government.

He was elected to the Sparks City Council in June, 2001, and was reelected in November, 2004, and again in November, 2008.

Councilman Schmitt is the past President of the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities (NLCM). In 2005, Councilman Schmitt was selected as the Public Official of the Year by the NLCM. Mr. Schmitt is also a member of the National league of Cities and is a past member of the Board of Directors and presently serves on the Advisory Board. Presently Mr. Schmitt serves on the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce and various other boards. Prior to his election in 2001, Mr. Schmitt served on the Washoe County Human Services Consortium Advisory Board as member and chair, the Sparks Planning Commission, and the Sparks Citizens Advisory Committee. He also devoted time to the Regional Transportation Commission Paratransit Advisory Committee and the Crisis Call Center.

Barry Herr is a Candidate for State Controller (confirmed)  http://www.barryherr.com/ Barry Herr, a Nevada CPA, is a 24 year resident of Nevada, a graduate of UNLV, and president of the Nevada Society of CPAs.  Barry is married to Ellen and together they have a daughter Sara, a University of Nevada graduate (UNR to those from the south), son-in-law Matt and 2 grandchildren Nehemiah and Tova.  Barry is also a member of the AICPA, an active member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, a former adjunct professor at UNLV.

Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek Candidate for Sheriff (Confirmed) www.kuzanek.com

 

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