ELKO – One of five candidates for two open seats on the Elko City Council says she is pulling out of the race, although her name will still be on the ballot.
“I am writing this statement to withdraw my name form the race for Elko City Council,” Jenna Secrist posted on her Facebook page July 6. “Although I am unable to take my name off the ballot officially, I am asking that there be no votes cast on my name come November 6, 2018.”
Several of her campaign signs remain posted throughout town.
According to Elko City Clerk Kelly Wooldridge, a withdrawal of candidacy for a city office must be presented within two days after the end of the filing period. That ended in March, so Secrist’s name will still be on the ballot come Election Day.
“Unforeseen events have required me to make this tough decision,” Secrist wrote on Facebook. “It is in the best interest for our family, that I withdraw my name as a candidate for Elko City Council. I do believe there are talented and thoughtful candidates who will be elected and will implement positive change to the City of Elko. Please get to know them and remember to vote November 6!”
Other candidates on the ballot are Bill Hance, Tony Liker, Rowena Colina Smith and Chip Stone.
Secrist, a mother of three, said at the time of her filing that she felt she “could bring some valuable input” to the city council to improve the economy, including the appearance and landscape of Elko.
She is a volunteer with the Nevada Dental Hygienists Association.
In June, Secrist listed campaign contributions of $4,168 and expenses of $4,006. Her biggest contributors were herself at $3,338 and Morris Gallagher at $500.
“I will say thank you for the positivity and support during this attempt,” she wrote on Facebook. “I would like to disclose that all funds donated were not used to reimburse myself in the task of running in this political race. Along with the money raised in the #ImForElko Golf Tournament, over $3,200 was donated to the Downtown Business Association in support of their efforts in bringing some wonderful ideas to the improved Centennial Park. I hope to see wonderful changes in this area brining families to the center of town to have fun and spend time with our community.
“Thank you for understanding.”
The top two vote-getters will be elected to the council in November.
Elko voters will also choose a new mayor, in a race between current councilman Reece Keener and nurse Marcey Logsden.