Reno, Nevada municipal elections, 2014

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The city of Reno, Nevada will hold nonpartisan elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014.

Two city council wards are up for election. These are wards 2 and 4. All incumbents in Reno's 2014 election cycle are term-limited. Therefore, the office of mayor and both city council positions are open seats.

A forthcoming Tesla Motors Gigafactory and medical marijuana are two of the major issues shaping Reno's 2014 municipal elections.


Current incumbent Bob Cashell is ineligible to run due to term limits. Municipal elections in Reno are nonpartisan.

Eddie Lorton led a campaign that got two candidates disqualified from the ballot in February 2014.[1] In response to Lorton's suit, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that individuals who already served for 12 years on the city council could not run for mayor, thus eliminating Dwight Dortch and Jessica Sferraza from the race.[2]

Although Cashell said previously that he would not officially endorse a candidate, he endorsed Raymond "Pez" Pezonella in late May. "Ray has committed his life to the Lions Club, to 4-H, to kids and businesses and he's been a real business leader in the community and he has a lot more experience in the business world than some of the other people do," said Cashell.[3]

Pezonella won enough votes in the June 10 primary to advance to the general election scheduled for November 4. He will face Hillary Schieve, an at-large member of the Reno City Council, who was first elected in 2012.

Candidate list

Note: Incumbent Bob Cashell is not running for re-election.

June 10 Primary election candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:

Election results

Primary election

Reno Mayoral Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHillary Schieve 26.2% 6,629
Green check mark transparent.pngRaymond "Pez" Pezonella 18% 4,550
DeLores Aiazzi 2.6% 666
Robert Avery 7% 1,781
Marsha Berkbigler 5.1% 1,288
Michael Bertrand 0.5% 132
Sean Burke 0.9% 222
Chad Dehne 0.8% 208
Thomas Fitzgerald 1.2% 296
Brian Lee Fleming 0.2% 50
Erik Holland 2.8% 714
Eddie Lorton 8.7% 2,194
Mark Markel 0.3% 68
Ian Pasalich 1.2% 310
Tony Perri 0.3% 75
Larry Pizorno 0.5% 134
Charles "Chuck" Reno 8.4% 2,127
Idora Silver 10.7% 2,697
Ken Stark 4.5% 1,148
Total Votes 25,289
Source: Washoe County Official 2014 Election Results

City council

Candidate list

Both city council wards up for election this year are open seats.

Ward 2

Note: Incumbent Sharon Zadra is not running for re-election.

June 10 Primary election candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:

Ward 4

Note: Incumbent Dwight Dortch is not running for re-election.

June 10 Primary election candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:

Election results

Primary election

Reno City Council Ward 2 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNaomi Duerr 31% 1,848
Green check mark transparent.pngElisa Cafferata 26.3% 1,567
Sam Dehne 4.5% 266
Jim Johns 11.6% 693
Jared Townsend 9.3% 557
Aaron West 17.3% 1,031
Total Votes 5,962
Source: Washoe County Official 2014 Election Results
Reno City Council Ward 4 Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Weber 36.4% 1,000
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul McKenzie 24.3% 669
Keith Deutscher 2.9% 79
Edward Hawkins 5.2% 142
Mike Mazzaferri 17.4% 478
Kevin Mills 2.9% 79
Mike Steedman 11% 301
Total Votes 2,748
Source: Washoe County Official 2014 Election Results


As November approaches, key issues have begun to emerge in Reno's 2014 election cycle. Below, Ballotpedia highlights what they are and how they are impacting the 2014 municipal elections in Reno.

Tesla Gigafactory

One of the biggest issues in Reno's 2014 municipal elections concerns the construction of a new Tesla Motors Gigafactory outside of Reno. In September 2014, Tesla Motors announced plans to build the new $5 billion "Gigafactory" in the Reno area. The new plant, which will produce lithium ion batteries for the company's electric cars, is expected to create 6,500 new jobs. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) estimated the plant's economic impact at around $100 billion over the next two decades.[4]

How to manage the growth that Tesla is projected to bring to Reno has become an important question amongst the city's 2014 municipal candidates. Mayoral candidates, for example, have noted that it will require the incoming mayor to work closely with the state legislature as well as surrounding communities in Nevada and California. Both candidates have argued that they are up for the task.[5]

Medical marijuana

Another issue that has sparked debate in Reno is medical marijuana. In 2013 the Nevada State Legislature approved a bill to legalize the selling, growing, testing and taxing of medical marijuana. Implementation of the new law began in April, though medical marijuana dispensaries and "grow-houses" are not expected to appear throughout Nevada until 2015.[6] In Reno, questions concerning where these facilities will be located in the city and how they will be financed have become frequent topics of discussion amongst the 2014 municipal candidates.[5]

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