I noticed this morning on my Facebook feed that Virginia City Highlands resident Jay Carmona has declared he will challenge incumbent Commissioner Jack McGuffey in the primary election held on June 4th, 2018.
A lifelong Republican, Mr. Carmona feels he can represent Storey County as County Commissioner.
I reached out to Mr. Carmona and he shared his thoughts with me about his announcement.
“For the past four years, I have worked with Storey County officials and Highlands residents as president of our Homeowners Association on issues critical to the efficient operation of the Highlands. This experience has taught me about the nuts and bolts of things that require focus, leadership, and persistence to get things done. Being a lifelong entrepreneur has given me practical experience on how to manage budgets, prioritize expenses and function efficiently.”
Carmona began attending Storey County Commissioner meetings earlier this year and has learned quite a bit about the unique way political sausage is made here in The Richest Place On Earth.
“Showing up at the meetings has opened my eyes to many things. I have learned quite a bit about the job and what is required to be effective. I am a quick learner, so I fully expect to be able to hit the ground prepared to lead when elected in November.”
Mr. Carmona has been a vocal leader in the community often taking to the email chat group maintained by Highlands Resident and freshly minted voice of KOH Jim Poston. Mr. Carmona regularly posts sharing important community news, road conditions and weather updates.
“Too often we are left questioning what our Storey County Officials are thinking because the only time they communicate is at the meetings.”
“I believe it is critical to have open and transparent dialog with people. I always respond to members of the community and consider clear communication as a core function of Leadership. Too often we are left questioning what Storey County Officials are thinking because the only time they communicate is at the meetings. There are usually only a handful of folks from the public at the meetings. This means that the Commissioners don’t regularly reach the 4500 people who live here. To me, considering all the communication tools available to us today, this is unacceptable,” explained Carmona.
The Storey Teller welcomes Mr. Carmona’s announcement and hopes that his announcement is not the last.
The welcome winds of change are swirling throughout Storey County starting now.