Record number of mayoral candidates heightens Reno primary

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Updated: 3/10/2014 5:23 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- The race for Reno Mayor is getting crowded, with more than a dozen candidates so far and the filing deadline still four days away. 

"Depending on how many people get out and vote, it could be very, very close," said Reno City Clerk Lynette Jones. "It's exciting to see this many people want to get involved."

Jones said the field of candidates for mayor is at 13 and counting.

"The largest one in recent history was '96 and I believe that was nine candidates," she said.

Washoe County Registrar of Voters Luanne Cutler said that makes for a crowded ballot.

"It's certainly going to be very interesting, and we're hoping that will bring the voters out," she said.

Cutler said there are about 110 thousand registered voters in Reno, but most of them skip the primary.

"During a non-presidential year we have about a 30-33 percent turnout rate," Cutler said.

That means the two candidates who move on to the general election could be decided by about 30 thousand voters.

Chuck Reno and Hillary Schieve are both running for Reno Mayor. They sid they want more people to get involved.

"They should get informed," Reno said. "They should look at who's on the ballot. There's some good people on the ballot."

"If you really want a voice and a say in who represents you, that's why it's really important to be a part of the process," Schieve said.

As far as campaigning goes, they're not focusing on the competition.

"It's all about paying attention to what I'm doing and staying positive and running a great race," Schieve said.

"I'm focusing on what I bring to the table," Reno said. "I think that's what people want to see."

Jones said she's glad it's a big race.

"They feel they have the opportunity to make a difference," Jones said. "So for me as a voter, I think the more the better."

The deadline to register to vote in the primary is May 10. So if you want your opinion to count, make sure your registration is current and your address is correct.
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