Sneak Peak: Washoe County’s 2016 Elections

As of today there are 563 days until Tuesday, November 8th, 2016. Washoe County has historically played a large role in determining statewide races in Nevada and 2016 is shaping up to be no different. Since it is still so early, most candidates have not announced yet so this list will be continually updated as we receive more information. As a Young Democrats / Young Professionals network, we will have a direct role with many of these campaign’s organizations going forward so get excited, get ready, and get involved!


Open Races / Possible Pickups


Presidential – This one is the most obvious race of 2016 and the one which we will hear the most about. At this time only Hillary Clinton has announced she is running on the Democratic side.


Senate – With the surprise retirement announcement of long time Nevada Senator Harry Reid, this race has been turned upside down and it will be very important in 2016. Nevada has not seen an election in this seat without Harry Reid’s name on the ballot since 1980. At this time only Catherine Cortez Masto has announced she is running on the Democratic side.


Representative in Congress, District 2 – Mark Amodei (R) is the current incumbent in this seat. Depending upon who enters the race as a Democrat, 2016 could be the election of change in this District. Many have written this race off because of the high density of Republican voters, however, with the right candidate, changing demographics and high Democratic turnout, this could be a race to watch.


State Senate District 15 – This seat is currently occupied by Greg Brower (Republican). In 2012, Sheila Leslie (D) ran against Brower and lost by only 266 votes. A heartbreaking loss in an ever increasing Democratic District. 2016 will be the first time since that loss that Brower could face another Democrat – the question now is which Democrat?


State Assembly District 31 – After holding this seat for two terms, Skip Daly (D) lost to Jill Dickman (R) in 2014 in another close election. An essential pickup for D’s in their quest for majority once again in the Assembly.


State Assembly District 32 – Ira Hansen (R) is the current incumbent in this seat. After a 2015 Legislative Session of mishaps Hansen could be facing Democratic challengers in this historically Republican District. Between the high Democratic turnout expected in 2016, his current unpopular public opinion, and a changing demographic within the district – we could see a possible surprise in District 32.


Democratic Incumbents


Assembly District 24 – With the resignation of David Bobzien (D) to become a Reno City Council Member, Amber Joiner (D) was appointed to this seat for the 2015 session.


Assembly District 27 – Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D)


Assembly District 30 – Michael Sprinkle (D)


Reno City Council Ward 1 – Jenny Brekhus


Reno City Council Ward 3 – Oscar Delgado


Reno City Council At Large – David Bobzien


Sparks City Council Ward 1 – Julia Ratti


Supreme Court Justice Seats A & E – No one has announced but these could be a big deal.


Ballot Initiatives – Taken from “The Nevada Legislature decided to skip consideration of Initiative Petition 1, which proposes legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and over and taxing and regulating it similarly to alcohol. Their decision means the Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana will be considered by Nevada voters in November 2016.”


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