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Storey County Candidate Forum Held In Virginia City

Storey County Candidate Forum Held In Virginia City

Pipers Opera House hosted the first Storey County Candidate Forum of the 2018 political season in Virginia City. The rainy weather did not discourage county residents from showing up in force to hear the candidates discuss their platforms.

Over a hundred people in the audience were asked to submit questions to the candidates. Candidates not in the Primary had two minutes to introduce themselves.

Karen Woodmansee and Loren Purcell approved the questions submitted by the audience and Loren moderated the event.

General Election Candidates

Nicole Barde introduced herself as Candidate for Storey County Commissioner and described her 30 years of business and non-profit management. She shared her plans for moving forward that include conservative fiscal policy, growing and diversifying the county revenues, providing transparency and accountability to the residents and keeping ahead of the complexity that we face as a growing county.


Storey County Candidate Forum
Nicole Barde shares her thoughts with a Storey County resident.


School Board candidate Sam Toll explained his thoughts on the Jump Start Program and financial literacy. The Jump Start Program gets Storey County High School juniors and seniors into classes at the community colleges to get them ready for college and reduce the financial burden of college on families. He also explained the need for financial literacy curriculum. Kids take algebra, trigonometry, and calculus, while schools ignore basic life skills like knowing how to balance a checkbook or how credit cards can be dangerous.

Toll’s opponent Jeff Nevin was conducting a School Board meeting and was unable to attend.

District Attorney

Then the attention turned to the District Attorney’s Race as Storey County DA Anne Langer and challenger Dave Niedert took the stage.

Anne described the function of the department and how her department works with the Sheriff’s Office in investigations and prosecutions. She described her office as having a good working relationship with the Sheriff’s Office.

Dave Niedert explained that he decided to enter the race after talking do a Storey County Deputy who told him there wasn’t enough cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s office. Neidert has 28 years as a practicing attorney with much of that being a prosecutor in rural Nevada.


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Candidates Langer and Neidert address the audience. Picture courtesy of Storey County

Storey County Commissioner

Storey County Commissioner Candidates were next. This was a bit awkward because incumbent Jack McGuffey was in Idaho for a NACO conference.

Loren Purcell read a statement from Commissioner McGuffey that included his commitment to returning excess money from the success of TRIC to the people of Storey County.

The first question fielded by Jay Carmona addressed that very issue. Mr. Carmona stated that based on his research of the budget, the rebates were pretty much not happening. (You can read more about the budget here, here, here and here.). It was super awkward for Mr. Carmona to answer his questions alone.


Storey County Candidate Forum
Jay Carmona addresses the crowd.

Storey County Sheriff

Most of the questions were for the Sheriff candidates. Candidates Cullen and Antinoro both shared their experience in Law Enforcement with Antinoro starting in 1984 and Cullen in 1994.

Antinoro mentioned his experience holding every job from jailer to Sheriff and heading state agencies during his career.

Cullen described his career starting as a Corrections Officer at the State Prison. He then joined the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. After stints as a detective and motorcycle cop, he is now Sergeant and day shift commander.


Storey County Candidate Forum
Mr. Cullen addressing the audience.


Some of the questions for the Sheriff Candidates surrounded the budget. The Teller has noticed an adversarial relationship with County management and the Sheriff’s Office surrounding the budget. While the Fire Department seems to get everything they could possibly need to keep the people of Storey County safe, attention to the needs of the Sheriff’s Office and the safety of the citizens of Storey County in terms of budgeting is not the same.

The people in the audience may feel the same way based on their questions about the budget. Candidates were asked how they would increase their budget in the coming years based on the need to get ahead of the policing requirements of TRIC.

Cullen suggested that there should be a minimum of two officers responding to traffic stops out at TRIC because “you never know when a traffic stop will turn into a gunfight”. Mr. Cullen assured the audience that he would work to establish a better relationship with the County Commissioners to get more funds for the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Antinoro reminded the audience of his excellent track record of fiscal responsibility and maximizing the use of the dollars he has to work with.

K9 and SWAT Teams

Candidates were asked about adding K9 and SWAT teams to the Storey County Sheriff’s enforcement tools at their disposal.

Mr. Cullen indicated that he was a big supporter of the K9 program and suggested that there were grant dollars and free training to add K9’s to the office. He told the audience he would implement a K9 unit quickly if elected.

Sheriff Antinoro indicated there was little to no need for K9 units and pointed to the amount of money and training that would need to be diverted from current uses. The impact on the deputy and the county would not provide a substantial improvement in safety especially since the crime statistics revealed that overall crime is consistently down over the last five years.

Similarly, Sheriff Antinoro did not support a SWAT team in Storey County. He suggested that with the dynamics of our county and the nature of the threats posed here, there is no real need for the time, effort, equipment, and training required to maintain a team.

Mr. Cullen backed off his original position he put forth at a recent event. During that event, he suggested that he would implement a SWAT team and lauded their benefit to the community. Cullen has nearly 20 years of experience being involved with the SWAT team in Carson City. At the forum, he echoed the Sheriff’s sentiment that SWAT teams could be dispatched from surrounding counties should the need arise and that he would not push for one if elected.


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Sheriff Antinoro addresses the crowd. Yes, this is a crummy picture. We will take better ones at Lockwood.

Department Morale and Leadership

Both candidates addressed their experience in leading a team of deputies and personnel.

Mr. Cullen explained that he has had people under his command for years and is currently the day shift patrol commander.

Sheriff Antinoro shared his decades of leading teams in many different departments and state agencies beginning in 1989. Mr. Cullen suggested this is a critical issue and he would represent a change from the way Sheriff Antinoro has run things.

Next up: Lockwood & Rainbow Bend

After the event, the candidates were able to talk one on one with members of the community. Folks talked for a good thirty minutes after the Sheriff candidates left the stage.

Karen Woodmansee and Loren Purcell are to be commended for their critical efforts in making this a success.

The next Storey County Candidate Forum is at the Rainbow Bend Clubhouse on Tuesday, May 29th at 5:00 p.m.

Stay Tuned.

Elect Sam Toll For County Commissioner

About Sam Toll

Sam Toll is a native of Gold Hill and returned home in 2016 after 35 years in the Sacramento Valley. He enjoys old cars and loud music. And writing.

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  1. Cynthia Kennedy

    I was at the Candidates’ Forum last Thurs. (Thank you, Karen & Loren!). When I took my front row seat, I noticed I was sitting next to Kris Thompson & Lance Gilman. Since there was time to kill, I started a conversation with them about the wild horse situation and our choices for Governor. Now I know this was nothing formal and we didn’t disagree about anything, but it was so civilized to be able to talk about a couple of civic situations with the three of us having equal air time with each other. I got to thinking about how our county has become like a dysfunctional family, and we can’t just sit down with our civic leaders in a group and talk with them and come to some kind of meeting of the minds. Even at the forum, the questions were fine, but since the questions had no follow up, there was no opportunity to ask, “Would you be specific?” or “You didn’t answer the question, please do.” It was a softball kind of exchange.

    I wish we could have a round table with the County Commission, the County Manager and the County Comptroller. This would be an opportunity for Sam, Nicole and whomever else to ask their questions and get some answers (hopefully). You certainly can’t do this at a County Commission meeting. It would be so productive to do this with everyone’s tempers on hold, and everyone prepared with facts and figures so we could get down to brass tacks. I’ve heard that individuals have called the County Comptroller (as Commissioner McBride entreated when he questioned and called out as incorrect,Sam and Nicole’s reportage) to find out if Sam & Nicole’s figures were off-base – according to the Comptroller they aren’t – the figures agree. Right now, it seems there’s a very adversarial relationship between the Commission and the individuals who report on the meetings. It would be good to know where there REALLY is misinformation and start on the road of mutual cooperation between the county’s taxpayers and its public servants. I’m sure all of the county employees are trying to do their best for us, but it should not be taken as a negative, personal challenge when they are questioned about the budget, decisions and actions that affect all of us. I know this sounds Utopian, but it’s good to have high goals.

    My next comment will be taken as a plug for Nicole, but it’s really not. When I heard Nicole’s remarks about her background and qualifications for office at the forum I just had to think, “Why has this woman been pushed away all the years she’s lived here? It’s obvious to anyone who has eyes and ears that she’s probably the most qualified business person in the county, if not Northern Nevada. Why has the county not taken advantage of her talents?” It’s so disheartening that after all these years of her reporting on meetings, that the county seemingly treats her like some kind of mad woman who should be ignored like the neighborhood cat hoarder. No matter what happens in the elections, I’d really like to see Nicole’s business talents utilized in some way for our county. It would be a GIANT step in the right direction. We are WASTING valuable TIME and MONEY not bringing her on board.

    I’d also like to see a round table with the Sheriff’s and DA’s offices with the people. There are individuals I know who have been violently harassed in writing by a law enforcement professional who lives out-of-the-county. Nothing has been done about this, although it’s been reported. I also heard about an incident of extensive vandalism in the River District. The perpetrators were arrested. No charges were made by the DA. Are there other incidences like this? Right now, there’s no recourse for community dialogue between the Sheriff and DA.

    Yes, I’m an idiot for considering these ideas, but if only…..

    Cynthia Kennedy

  2. Patrick Gilmore

    Bravo Cynthia!!

  3. In 1989 Anne Langer was the juror in the Nolan Klein case. She convicted an innocent man

    21 years later all the evidence would be found hiding in the Washoe County DA’s file that would have exonerated Mr. Klein

    As his attorneys were about to file their motion for new trial Mr. Klein died in prison for a crime he did not commit

    2 years after Me. Klein’s death the real perpetrator would be found.

    Checkout my timeline and read from the non fiction book To Prove His Innocence the trial and Anne Langer’s reason they convicted him.

    The jury misunderstood what the they thought they heard.

    See the evidence that was withhold from the jury aka Anne Langer

    I’ve asked several times for Anne Langer’s help to correct the injustice that was done to an innocent man, Nolan Klein. District Attorney Anne Langer has refused to assist me in correcting this injustice.

    On June 6, 2018 3:00 -6:00pm we will be having a book signing in Reno. Mary Elizabeth Morgan is the pen name of the Author. The Author is now revealing her true name. She is criminal defense attorney, Treva Hearne

  4. Link to the truth about an innocent man. Many names you will recognize. Some of you may have voted for but probably would not had you known what they has done in the case of State vs. Nolan Klein.


    On June 6, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mary Elizabeth Morgan will be signing her book “To Prove His Innocence” about the wrongful conviction of local resident Nolan Klein. Tonja Brown, local advocate for prisoners’ rights and sister of Nolan Klein, will be present to autograph books also.

    Mary Elizabeth Morgan, pen name for local attorney Treva J. Hearne, published this book to bring awareness to the flawed justice system in Washoe County. Not that it is any different than the flawed justice systems found throughout the country. Over 1625 persons have been exonerated from their prison sentences because of the staggering number of wrongful convictions in this country. This book goes into depth to document the mistakes made in Nolan Klein’s conviction.

    Books will be available for purchase and the first five persons who come for the book signing will also receive a free copy of Mary Elizabeth Morgan’s first book “One Stupid Night,” a manual for young men to help them stay out of trouble with the law. Come and meet the author.

    Tonja Brown will discuss the reason that this book is timely and relevant to the upcoming election. Certain current candidates are highlighted in the book as the root cause of the injustice done to Nolan Klein. Voters in Washoe County will want to know these details BEFORE they vote.

    Come join us at 595 Humboldt St., Reno, Nevada, on June 6, 2018, between 3 p.m and 6 p.m.

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