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RENO GAZETTE JOURNAURGJ.COM ! f 6A WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 D3cision2010: State offices RESULTS: CONGRESS, STATEWIDE OFFICES KSUUtASOrtcMPJI U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. DISTRICT 2 GOVERNOR Russell Best(IA) 1.0,271 4,1... Dean Heller (R) 159,055 ........ Nancy Price (D) 80,582 None of the candidates WHAT TO WATCH: Heller has said he will not raise taxes on large or small businesses or on the middle class. He plans to develop reasonable regulations that will allow principles of free-market capitalism to thrive. r ,a a? (55 ' (1 Dean Heller i . i - ; u i i M 1 r-m1. AP Nevada governor-elect Brian Sandoval celebrates his victory with his family at an election night party Tuesday in Las Vegas. From left, Kathleen Sandoval, son, James, Brian Sandoval holding daughter, Marisa, and daughter, Madeline. Business leaders applaud election of GOP's Sandoval By Martha Bcllisle rrjxlliikrgj com Brian Sandoval shocked many when he left a highly coveted lifetime position on the federal bench to run for governor. Then he raised more eye-brows when, for the first time in Nevada history, he beat the incumbent governor in the primary. On Tuesday night, he made history again by becoming the state's first Hispanic governor by beating challenger Rory Reid, chairman of the Clark County Commission and son of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. Sandoval took every county, including Clark. "1 am humbled by the voters' expression of confidence," he said in his acceptance speech. "You have my solemn vow that 1 will commit every moment to maintaining your trust." Sandoval, who voted early in Reno before heading to an election party in Las Vegas, said he was optimistic about Nevada's future and said the state's "best days are yet to come." He said he would be putting together "the best possible team" as he takes on the state's $3 billion deficit. He said the sacrifices he made to reach this point were worth it, adding that "it is an honor to serve." Rory Reid, who spent the day in his hometown of Las Vegas, conceded the race in a short speech and offered Sandoval his help when he called to congratulate him, Sandoval said. Business leaders were excited about Sandoval's win, saying it was a positive turn for Nevada's economic future, while education officials said they're ready to work with the new governor on finding ways to improve the state's schools. Quiet campaign Reid said his biggest frustration in the race was Sandoval's refusal to give details on his budget plans during the debates. "No one will be able to say Brian Sandoval had better ideas; he didn't say a word," Reid said. "That was disappointing. There wasn't a debate. I was talking to myself. It was an echo chamber." But Eric Herzik, political science professor with the University of Nevada, Reno, said sharper debates and pages of documents wouldn't have helped: Sandoval simply had too much going for him. "Rory Reid picked the worst possible time to run," Herzik said. "He inherited all the negative name recognition and flap from the so-called 'Harry Haters.' And he ran against a still-popular consensus-building Republican. uirj.r ! will kid '-Ifr AP fe a . . - J v f I V H 1 X I Counties won by: ' ' y C3 Rory Reid V C3 Brian Sandoval Gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid concedes during the Nevada State Democratic election night party in Las Vegas. Abney was critical of Gov. Jim Gibbons' relationship with the Legislature, and said he expects Sandoval to be much more involved in the building of a viable budget. "Brian will be much more intimately involved in that," he said. "He'll need to be. If he's going to fulfill his promise to not raise taxes, he'll need to drastically rethink the way government works." He also said it was good to have a Republican governor in place to provide balance in the Democratically controlled Legislature. "The business community was glad because he'll provide a backstop for some bills," Abney said. Education waits Heath Morrison, Washoe County superintendent of schools, said both candidates met with him to discuss ideas for fixing Nevada's schools. Now that the campaign is over, the work begins, he said. With a $3 billion deficit facing the state's leaders and lawmakers, there will be little time for celebration, he said. "The next legislative session people will have to pull together," Morrison said. Morrison said he was encouraged by Sandoval's commitment to public education. "The question is how to balance the budget without tax increases," Morrison said. "People have been taking about the money we need to raise, but I want to talk about the money we're losing. If we increase the male graduation rate by 5 percent, for example, that would be a $78 million increase in taxable income." James Dean Leavitt, chairman of the Board of Regents that oversees the state's public higher education system, said he looks forward to seeing Sandoval's new plan. "Until they've had a chance to assemble their budget, we won't know exactly how the short-term revenue will be," he said. "We're going to be very aggressive in emphasizing the need for funding for higher education." "Sandoval easily won as attorney general. He's middle-of-the-road. He got the right-wing vote, the (Sen. Bill ) Raggio Republican vote and he got the Democrats," Herzik said. "Reid's campaign efforts never resonated with the public." Guy Rocha, former Nevada State archivist, said Reid's opposition to new taxes likely hurt him with many Democrats, especially in his Southern Nevada base. And in a race for governor, if he couldn't win Clark County, he couldn't win the state, Rocha said. New direction Tray Abney, director of government relations for the RenoSparks Chamber of Commerce, said the Sandoval win was boon for Nevada business, and its economic future. "He has promised to be an active and engaged governor, in both the political and economic development process," Abney said. "He won't be afraid to jump on a plane to go tell people how wonderful Nevada is to do business." GOVERNOR David S. Curtis (GRN) 4,059 0.62 Eugene bisimone(lND) 5,882 0.89 RoydFtagibwOA) 4.676 071 Aaron Y Honig (IN D) 2,936 0.44 Arthur La'm Rory Reid (D) ?.72:?5.L.!?.2..... Brian Sandoval (R) 353,487 53 None of these candidates 11,461 1.7 Brian WHAT TO WATCH: Sandoval plans to fix the state's budget problem by rolling back spending to about $5.2 billion, which is lower than the 2005-2007. He also plans to overhaul the state's education system by ending tenured pay for teachers. And he plans to boost the state's economy by protecting the state's business-friendly reputation. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR Ryan Fitzgibbons (IA) 26,244 3.74 "Brian KroMcici (R) 333,'772 51.56 Jessica Sferraaa(D) 269753 1 4 1 i .64 None of these candidates 20,254 3.06 WHAT TO WATCH: Krolicki said he's been able to develop critical contacts throughout the world, which he says gives him the ability to discuss tourism and economic development opportunities at the very highest levels of corporate and government leadership. He plans to continue that in his next term. Brian K Krolicki SECRETARY OF STATE Rob Lauer (R) 242,788 Ross Miller (D) 343,145 John Wagner (IA) 39,456 37.5 53 5.96 3.51 None of these candidates 23,250 WHAT TO WATCH: Miller plans to continue to promote Nevada as the country's top jurisdiction to do business. Citing that his office has increased the revenue it brings in by 27 percent he said he plans to continue to focus on economic development and job creation as he can. STATE TREASURER m Ross Miller Kate Marshall (D)310,341 48.1 Steven E. Martin (R) 284,245 44 Mike Hawkins (IA) 26,743 4.05 None of these candidates 24,801 3.76 WHAT TO WATCH: Marshall said if re-elected, she would continue to make every penny count. She said that with high unemployment, property values cratering and volatile investment markets, it is more important now than ever that a steady hand be dealing with Nevada's investments. m Kate Marshall STATE CONTROLLER Kim Wallin Barry Herr(R) 275,036 42.82 Warren Markowitz (IA) 31,640 4.82 Kim Wallin (D) 304,002 47.33 None of these candidates WHAT TO WATCH: To improve the state's debt collections, Wallin is proposing that legislation be enacted to allow the state to find debtors bank accounts. ATTORNEY GENERAL Travis Barrick (R) 232,824 35.90,, Joel F. Hansen (IA) 51,740 7"80 Catherine Cortez Masto (D) 341,057 52.61 None of these candidates 24,138 3"64 WHAT TO WATCH: Cortez Masto, a Democrat said she has taken on a list of tough issues while steering her agency through major uuuyei mis ana warns to continue the work Catherine she started. Masto, 46, said she was opposed to Cortez Masto joining the suit filed by 19 other states because she wanted to save Nevada money. REGENT, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA. DISTRICT 11 Geddes, Jason 28,566 57.37 Walker, Chuck 21,229 42.63 WHAT TO WATCH: Geddes said cutting programs, raising tuition and fees and increasing efficiency are necessary. Jason Geddes WHAT DROVE YOU TO the POLLS? Northern Nevada voters weigh in on Election Day. ft r?- "I think we were promised a lot as a country in the last election, but we need some fresh faces in there to bring about real change and jobs." . Jimmy Watson, 23, Reno ad agency employee "The local economy, primarily, and what's going on with unemployment and all the job loss. It's terrible. You want to be able to have yout children stay in the community and not have to go somewhere else for work." v Gil Mandagaran, 70, retired city clerk "Pretty much funding for schools. We need to have more student loans and help because without an education, you can't do much with your life." Nadishia Mengu, 18, Truckee Meadows Community College "Mainly because all of the Latino community is being told to get out and vote because the Senate will be trying to change immigration laws. I voted for Harry Reid." Susan Palacios, Sparks homemaker I don't like the irresponsible hnancial decisions being made and I don't support "Obam-acare.' Health care is broken and needs to be fixed, but not this way." Willam "Zack" Marcus, 30, clinical pharmacist from Reno v,

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