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Candidate’s Night

posted May 3, 2018, 10:54 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated May 3, 2018, 11:17 AM ]

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

On April 19th, the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association hosted a Candidate’s Night at the Oak Tree Lodge that welcomed candidates for sheriff and the Board of Supervisors to field questions and meet members of the public. Debra Weistar deftly moderated the event, presenting questions gathered from attendees and fielding answers from the four candidates.

Candidates for both offices were first asked to describe the Ridge. Sue Hoek, candidate for District 4 Supervisor, said that the people of the Ridge were “impassioned.” Bill Smethers spoke of the diversity of residents and described a “treasured, secret area.” John Foster spoke of innovation and vision. Shannan Moon encapsulated her idea of the Ridge as a place that is a “true community” that is redefining itself. 

Hoek then addressed questions on transportation, mining, high speed internet, indigenous rights and housing and homelessness. Sheriff’s candidates discussed law enforcement response time, law enforcement presence on the Ridge, policies regarding private use of firearms, sexual harassment within the sheriff’s department, the use of a transitional team with the change in leadership, housing and homelessness and cannabis policy.

Thank you Sue Hoek, John Foster, Shannan Moon and Bill Smethers for taking time to help voters make informed decisions. Special thanks also to Debra Weistar for taking on the vital role of moderator and excelling at it, particularly on such short notice. And thank you to the SJRTA for continually engaging the community in thoughtful ways; your work is so valuable.

The day prior to the event, by happenstance I was cleaning a bookshelf and opened an antique book titled History of the World, published in 1887. Out tumbled a newsletter from The Washington Taxpayers from October, 1937 and on it were printed these words: “When substantial citizens of a community are so busy with their own affairs that they lose interest in the affairs of government, Democracy is on its way to the discard...People deserve good government only when they are willing to work for it.” This message from years ago feels very pertinent to the present; by engaging in civic affairs and making informed decisions, we can work to create the government we would like to see. 

If you were unable to attend, but would like to contact the Candidates or research their positions on important issues, their websites/email addresses are as follows:

· John Foster–

· Shannan Moon—

· Bill Smethers—

· Sue Hoek—

The Direct Primary statewide election where voters will cast ballots on nonpartisan county positions including sheriff and supervisor in addition to statewide offices will take place Tuesday, June 5th. According to the County of Nevada’s website, the last day to register to vote for this election is May 21, and in the following 14 day period through Election Day, an individual “may go to any vote center to conditionally register to vote and vote a provisional ballot.”

For more information on the election and a complete list of choices to be voted on—statewide positions, county positions and ballot measures—visit