Elko City Mayor (nonpartisan)
Keener was appointed to the Elko City Council in 2013 to fill a vacancy and was re-elected in 2014. Previously, he served on the planning commission for more than eight years. Keener and wife Tami have lived in Elko more than 20 years and own two local businesses, PNCC and Alliance Document Technologies. He is from Winnemucca and studied business administration at California State University, Sacramento. Among his priorities for the city of Elko are expanding broadband, completing the sports complex, enhancing the airport, maintaining public safety infrastructure, completing Chilton Centennial Park and implementing traffic solutions. The candidate is opposed to marijuana dispensaries in Elko.
Logsden has lived in Elko most of her life and is an emergency medical technician and registered nurse. She was recently terminated from her job at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, she told the Elko Daily Free Press in an interview Oct. 30. She previously served in the U.S. Navy and worked for Elko County Ambulance as a volunteer and as an employee. Logsden’s priorities for the city include encouraging small businesses and initiating a civic academy to enhance public involvement in government. She has publicly opposed the city’s recent ban on marijuana dispensaries.
Elko City Council, 2 seats (nonpartisan)
Hance owns Ruby Mountain Lock and Safe. His previous experience includes working for the Nevada Department of Transportation; the hospitality, casino and mining industries; and in service of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Arctic Program. Hance said in a candidate forum that he supports medical marijuana, and emphasizes transparency in government. He also stands for improving quality of life while preserving Elko’s small-town life lifestyle without straining resources, according to his candidate statement in the Elko Daily.
Liker is a divorce, family law and criminal defense attorney in Elko. He ran for election to the Eighth Judicial District Court in 2014 but lost. Liker is opposed to marijuana and domestic violence; wants to increase payment for law enforcement, fight for Elko to get more mine tax revenues, and bring the Casino Express flights back to Elko, according to a candidate statement in the Elko Daily.
Secrist withdrew her name from the city council race in mid-July, past the deadline to remove her name from the ballot. In a July 14 letter to the Elko Daily, however, she asked voters to not vote for her.
Smith has been a critical care nurse for 33 years and lived in Elko since 2013. She previously served as the president of a library board and interim city council member in Wisconsin. Smith said in a candidate statement to the Elko Daily that her main concerns are public safety and addiction. During a candidate forum, Smith said she supports medical marijuana, the Second Amendment and would encourage entrepreneurship in a free market system to enhance Elko’s business environment.
Stone has lived in Elko for more than 20 years and owns Stonecraft Jewelry, Diamondchipper’s ice cream shop and Stonerock Sound and Lighting. He said in a candidate statement that he would encourage growth of small businesses and promote family recreation. He supports the use of medical marijuana but is opposed to its recreational use, would try to improve internet service and give Spring Creek residents more of a voice in Elko, Stone said in candidate forum.
Elko Justice of the Peace, Department A (nonpartisan)
Chiesa is running for justice of the peace because she wants to “help those in need, and have the opportunity to make changes to better their lives,” the candidate said statement to the Elko Daily. She is a proponent of “rehabilitation not incarceration,” she said in an interview after filing for election. Chiesa ran for the office in 2012 but endorsed Simons for the position weeks leading to the general election. Her experience includes working for attorneys, and she studied at Santa Rosa Junior College in California.
Mason Edward Simons, incumbent
Simons has served as a judicial officer in some variety in Elko County for 12 years, and currently serves as the Elko Township Justice of the Peace for Department A. He has a bachelor of arts from Utah State University, a juris doctorate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is a candidate for a master’s degree in judicial studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. His objectives are 1) ensuring that offenders are held responsible for their conduct; 2) assuring that victims are made whole, and 3) doing all in my power to keep the community safe, according to his candidate statement in the Elko Daily.
(This article was corrected to state that candidate Chip Stone supports medical marijuana but not its recreational use.)