If you are contemplating running for elective office in 2018 in Reno, now is the time to decide or you’ll have to wait a couple of more years.

The candidate filing period for the June primary election is Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 16, 2018. The place to file is the Reno City Clerk’s Office, 1 East First Street, 2nd Floor. The filing fee is $30 (cash, cashier’s check or money order). Appointments are recommended – call (775) 334-2030 or email Reno City Clerk Ashley D. Turney at turneya@reno.gov. You can also just walk in, but appointments will be helped first.

The 2018 primary election will be on June 12, 2018. The general election will be on November 6, 2018. Refer to the city’s 2018 Election website for information about candidate qualifications. Reno city offices on the ballot will be…

  • Councilmember – Mayor (4 year term) – Incumbent Hillary Schieve
  • Councilmember – Ward 2 (4 year term) – Incumbent Naomi Duerr
  • Councilmember – Ward 4 (4 year term) – Incumbent Paul McKenzie
  • City Attorney (4 year term) – Incumbent Karl Hall

If you need more information about voting and voter registration, refer to “Nevada Voting and Voter Registration.”

Source: City of Reno.


Starting on April 1, 2017, the Washoe County sales tax rate will increase from 7.725 percent to 8.265 percent. That will make it the highest sales tax rate in Nevada, surpassing previous front runner Clark County.

Proceeds from this increase are specifically restricted to only fund Washoe County School District projects for the acquisition, construction, renovation and repair of school facilities.

This sales tax increase was presented to the voters as Washoe Question 1 on the 2016 General Election ballot and passed by almost 57 percent. There is no sunset clause – the tax is permanent unless voters decided to get rid of it at a future election.

For more information about taxes in Washoe County and Nevada, refer to “Reno and Nevada Taxes.”

The 79th (2017) Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature is now in session. It began on Monday, February 6 and will end on June 5. The Nevada Legislature meets every other year in the state capital of Carson City for 120 consecutive days. This time frame is set by the Nevada constitution. Otherwise, special sessions can be called by the governor or by two-thirds of the legislature.

In the 2016 election, both Senate and Assembly flipped from majority Republican to majority Democrat. The governor and all other state constitutional officers are Republicans elected for four years in the 2014 election. It will be interesting to see how well this group plays together.

For links to more information about the Nevada State Legislature, elected members, legislative process and more, refer to “Nevada State Legislature in Carson City.”