THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED, BELOW.
There are two current City Council seats that have been filled by Appointees Tracy Folda and Judith (Judy) Hoskins. Both of these seats will now come available and be part of our upcoming 2021 Municipal Election.
The period for open candidacy filing will be coming soon. Those interested in running for one of these two seats can apply at City Hall at the City Clerk’s Office, beginning Tuesday, January 26th, 7am to 6pm and every active business day at City Hall thru Thursday, February 4th, ending one hour earlier at 5pm. Additional info is on the City’s website HERE. (See exact dates and times below).
The term of office for the two who are elected will run for 3 years, 5 months beginning June 2021, and end November 2024.
Of the two current appointees, Judy Hoskins has announced that she will seek election for her seat. However as of this publication date and time, Tracy Folda has not yet announced her intentions. We hear several people in town have already made public their plans to run, however we will not publish any names or information until the filing period has opened and then closed, making it a complete, and final list of candidates.
To give you a little history, Tracy Folda was the first of the two appointees set back in July of 2019 HERE, replacing the seat left vacant when Councilman Kiernan McManus was elected Mayor. Judy Hoskins was appointed in November 2019 to replace the late Warren Harhay.
We wondered if there had been anytime in the past 20-30 years if there had ever been two appointed City Council seats active at the same time, as we thought that might be unusual. It is. Apparently the last time that this had occurred was in 1994: Robert Larson was selected to replace Richard Stubbs in June, and then in August of that same year, Christine Milburn filled a seat after John Pilgrim resigned. We don’t believe that either of them ran to then stay in those seats when the next opportunity to have them become elected arose. UPDATE: Christine Milburn did run for election for her appointed seat and while unsuccessful, she did become a Nevada State Senator.
We also reached out to Doug Scheppmann who many of you know also filled an appointed spot back in November of 2002 thru June of 2003. At that time he said when he took the post, it was agreed upon before hand that he would not seek to be elected for it later, that he was to serve for the time allotted only.
It takes a lot of work and stamina to serve our community in this way. We appreciate all of our current and past City Council members and the work they do behind the scenes for quite nominal pay – Thank You! Let’s look forward to a broad field of residents interested in serving our community and to know that our little city’s democracy is alive and well. Best of luck to all who enter!