Alexis Hill, a political newcomer and former City of Reno arts, culture and special events manager, soundly defeated two-term incumbent County Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler in the District 1 Washoe County Commission race.
That district ranges from southwest Reno to Incline Village. Hill garnered 55% (28,440) of the vote against Berkbigler’s 45% (23,158)
On Nov. 7, Wendy Jauregui-Jackins, a Democrat who ran for Nevada state Senate District 15, conceded to incumbent Republican opponent Heidi Gansert. Gansert captured 38,458 votes and Jauregui-Jackins received 35,843 votes, winning the seat with 52% of the votes cast.
Updated totals for the Nov. 3 election were announced Nov. 7.
Brekhus wins tight race
In one of the closest Reno City Council races in recent memory, incumbent Ward 3 Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus defeated challenger John Drakulich. In early returns, Brekhus, in her third race for the seat, led Drakulich by just 38 votes. The latest results show Brekhus with 50.2% (11,731) of the vote and Drakulich with 50% (11,639) – a difference of 92 votes.
Drakulich is a real estate agent and president of Eddy House, a youth homeless shelter in Reno. Brekhus, who holds two master’s degrees, lists her occupation as city councilwoman. Both candidates had well-funded campaigns.
The results of other local contests included:
Washoe County Commission, District 4
Incumbent Vaughn Hartung easily bested political newcomer Marie Baker for the Washoe County Commission District 4 seat. Hartung captured 58% (31,275) of the vote, while baker garnered 42% (22,314). District 4 ranges from Sparks west to Pyramid Highway, north covering Spanish Springs and extends east to the Lyon County border.
Businessman Hartung has served two terms on the commission. Baker is an independent insurance broker.
Reno City Council, At-large
In the At-large Reno City Council race, incumbent Devon Reese, with 55% of the vote, easily beat challenger Eddie Lorton, who captured 45% of the ballots. Reese’s total vote was 56,789 against Lorton’s 46,346. Reese, who also serves as the city’s vice mayor, was appointed to fill the at-large seat last year. The city’s wards will be redrawn in 2024, eliminating the at-large position.
Lorton is a civil litigation lawyer at Hutchison and Steffen and lost a race for the Nevada State Senate in 2016. ran as a Democrat for state Senate in a tight race in 2016. Lorton, who was defeated in his campaigns for mayor against current Mayor Hillary Schieve in 2014 and 2018, is a real estate investor and owns a carpet cleaning business.
Reno City Council, Ward 3
Incumbent Oscar Delgado easily defeated challenger Ruth “Rudy” Leon in the race for the Reno City Council Ward 3 seat. Delgado, who will now serve his third term on the panel, captured 65.5% of the vote (9,234) against Leon’s 37.5% (5,541). Delgado is the CEO of the Community Health Alliance. Leon is a self-employed editor who trained as a librarian.
The amount in each candidate’s campaign war chests was as lopsided as the final vote tally. Delgado raised 71,700, while Leon reported $850 in campaign funds.
Reno City Council, Ward 5
In the Ward 5 Reno City Council race, incumbent Neoma Jardon beat challenger Darla Fink. Jardon garnered 53.9% (11.918) of the vote and Fink captured 46.0% (10,174). Jardon is a Reno businesswoman and Fink is a retired Job Corps finance director.
The Ward 5 contest also was an example of a wide disparity in campaign funding. Jardon, a two-term incumbent, raised $75,899, with three major area developers – Newport Pacific Land, Lyon Management Group, Reno Land Inc. — as her major contributors. Fink reported $7,200 in her campaign war chest, with most of that amount contributed by a family member.
Sparks City Council, Ward 1
Incumbent Councilman Donald Abbott defeated challenger Wendy Stolyarov in the contest for Sparks City Council’s Ward 1 seat. Abbott garnered 56.3% (3,167) of the vote and Stolyarov captured 44% (2,450).
Abbott, who at age 30 is the youngest council member on the panel, owns a photography business. Stolyarov, 33, owns Bighorn Communications and unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Sparks in 2018.
Sparks City Council, Ward 3
Paul Anderson, the incumbent, coasted to victory in the Ward 3 Sparks City Council race, besting challenger Quentin Smith. Anderson racked up 57% (4.967) of the vote against Smith’s 43.9% (32,744).
The late Sparks Mayor Ron Smith appointed Anderson to the council seat in 2018. Anderson is a former representative for the petroleum industry who served on the state’s Department of Agriculture board and was a former chairman of that board. Smith is an administrative faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the race was his first time running for office.
Washoe County School Board, District A
Challenger Jeff Church easily beat former school board member Scott Kelly, who resigned the District A seat on the Washoe County Schools Board of Trustees earlier this year. Kelly had said he would again serve on the panel if he won the seat. Church had 59.7% (29,271) of the vote compared to Kelley’s 40.2% (19,716).
Kelley had served two terms on the school board, but resigned in August under pressure from district officials and other board members. His resignation came after details of his divorce became public, including allegations that he set up phony social media accounts to respond to online critics and tracked his wife by using a GPS device on her car. Church, who ran unsuccessfully for the school board in 2016, is a former Reno Police sergeant.
Washoe School Board, District G, At-large
Diane Nicolet defeated Craig Wesner in the contest for the school board’s at-large seat, left open when one-term incumbent Katy Simon Holland announced she would not seek re-election earlier this year. The G district covers more than 40 schools, including Galena, Hug, McQueen, Incline, Reno and North Valleys high schools.
Nicolet captured 54.0% (52,645) of the vote and Wesner had 45.9% (44,788) of the vote. Nicolet, who recently retired as director of the childcare center at Truckee Meadows Community Center, had previously served for nine months as an appointed trustee. Wesner is a civil engineer and CEO of Lumos & Associates in Reno.
Washoe School Board, District E, At-large
Angie Taylor, the incumbent, defeated Matthew Montognese for the District E school board seat. Taylor got 62.5% (22,581) of the vote as compared to Montognese’s 37.5% (13,526) of the vote. The two want to represent District E, an area that spans Verdi to McQueen High School and Sun Valley to Hug High School.
Taylor, the resident and CEO of Guardian Quest Inc., was appointed to the board in 2014 and was elected to the seat in 2016. Montognese, a network technician, was in his first political race.
NOTE: This story was edited on 11/9 to correct an error in the Sparks Ward 1 percentages.