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Giomi, Horton lead supervisor races, diesel tax nears approval

Acting Carson City Ward 1 Supervisor Stacey Giomi appears to be holding on to his seat, leading challenger Wade Bradshaw by more than 2,000 votes on Wednesday.

The numbers do not reflect the final balance as some mail-in ballots have yet to be counted. Giomi currently leads with 9,863 votes compared to Bradshaw’s 7,702.

“I’m cautiously optimistic and hope that I can continue to serve Carson City as I have for the last four years,” Giomi said on Wednesday. “I am very humble. Every time you go through the voting process, it’s a humbling experience. I am thankful for the people in the community. I’m looking forward to the serve if the lead holds.”

On Wednesday, Bradshaw said he did not want to comment on the race until the final tally, when he will release a full statement.

“I’m not sure what’s going to happen yet,” he said, noting the blizzard that hit Election Day. “I just want to be respectful to the Carson City Clerk’s Office. You have a tough job.”

In the Ward 3 race, Curtis Horton leads with 10,424 votes ahead of James Wells, who currently has 6,746. Horton and Wells could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The only vote specific to Carson City, whether to retain a 5 cents a gallon diesel tax for street funding, appears to have been affirmative. According to the latest figures, 11,303 people voted in favor of continuing the tax, compared with 7,601 votes against.

The tax, first approved by the board of directors in 2020, was due to expire at the end of this year without voter approval. It raises approximately half a million dollars a year in funding to improve Carson City’s streets. Even with the continued tax, the city still faces a $21 million annual gap between funding and maintenance needs.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the results,” Giomi said of the tax issue. “I’m glad our community has realized that solving our road problems will involve the entire community. It will take hard thinking and hard work from everyone to decide how to make it palatable for everyone. The diesel tax is a good first step to solve the road problems.”

Carson City Mayor Lori Bagwell was also optimistic.

“I am very pleased that Carson City voters have recognized the need to continue this tax to improve our road system,” she said Wednesday. “Furthermore, they trust that their board of directors will spend these funds wisely.”

The regional transport commission meets tonight at the community center after the 4:30pm CAMPO meeting to discuss future funding options for urban roads. For more information, see https://www.carson.org/government/city-meetings.

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