Across the United States, Americans go to the polls today to decide who will be their elected representatives. It is an important day to say the least.
(Forecast #1) It is always difficult for the party in power in off year elections and especially in the 6th year of a President to retain power. That said with the make up of the senate so close, odds are that the Senate will go Republican.
(Forecast #2) For the State of Nevada, the Governor, Brian Sandoval, will easily retain the governorship. As for the rest of the state seats, the lower turn out will favor Republicans. Also, the grass root organizations leaning Republican get a shout out, specifically the get out the vote organization, Engage Nevada Action super pac was very active.
Now getting down to local elections, it was a pleasure to interview so many good candidates on Timelines of Success, http://timelinesofsuccess.com
Many of elections will be very close but especially the race for Mayor. We have two excellent candidates who would both be very much a benefit to the City of Reno but in different ways. Ray Pezonella comes out of the baby boomer generation and owns a very successful engineering firm and Hillary Schieve is out of the x/y generation and too is a very successful entrepreneur. Hillary brings new concepts and technology to the table and Ray brings as solid understanding of civil engineering and land planning. Either way we have two excellent choices for mayor.
It Ray Pezonella wins tonight, the city ends up with two solid members on the city council. Hillary Schieve would retain her city council seat and Ray would be Mayor. It Hillary wins, I would hope that the council would appoint Ray to her seat.
The primary had 19 candidates for mayor and a majority were men. Hillary had a strong win with 26% of the vote and Ray 18% but most people, who I have talked to, believe that Hillary’s victory and 7 point lead cannot be overcome. Both candidates have run solid races and there has been no negative campaigning but this election will be close. Neither have made any major mistakes but with 56% of the vote out on the table, the election could go either way.
Well for my wife and I, we are heading out to the victory celebrations, the polls in Nevada close at 7PM it is 5:15PM now. We wish all the candidates well and thank them for running!