Election 2022: Carson City Board of Supervisors, Ward 3

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4 year term

Curtis Horton
Address: PO Box 3283, Carson City, Nevada, 89702
Occupation: Retired
Age: 61
Contact:
[email protected]
electcurtishorton.com

Curtis Horton

Service register:
I have over 35 years of experience in government in Carson City. I started as a water crew and retired as the assistant director of public works.

Education:
Carson City High School

Why are you running?

Briefly describe the main duties of the position you are applying for
The Supervisory Board is the decision maker of the community. The Council enacts laws and is the main policy maker. Supervisors are responsible for soliciting the opinions of citizens when developing policies and interpreting them to the public. They approve budgets, set tax rates, prioritize major projects, capital funding, and conduct strategic planning.

A brief statement about your platform:
My platform is simple. I want to make sure Carson City is a safe, well-serviced community where people want to raise families, do business, and enjoy all that our city has to offer.
To have this type of environment, we must maintain our infrastructure, support public safety and encourage a friendly business environment. We need to maintain and improve our outdoor parks and facilities, keep the gateways to the city inviting, and keep our city clean, so people want to visit our city. To do this, we need to manage the budget well, seek federal and state funding opportunities, and make wise financial decisions. Finally, we must maintain efficiency in all of our operations. These elements will help make Carson City a great place to live.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position:
My more than 35 years of experience in Carson City government have been dedicated to delivering innovative outcomes to its citizens and overseeing the transformation of operations to adapt to ever-changing service demands. I have direct experience working in local government in Carson City, which provides a more focused perspective on government operations and enhances my ability to make sound decisions. I have worked with our residents and handled every complaint and concern imaginable throughout the city. Working with people in the community in difficult circumstances has given me a unique perspective of their needs and concerns. I listen to people, I want to understand their problems, and as we all know, some problems don’t have simple solutions. However, facing these complex challenges and making tough decisions has helped make me a strong leader.

James ‘Jim’ Wells
Address: 4368 Hidden Meadow Drive, Carson City
Occupation: Retired
Age: 55

Contact:
[email protected]
www.wells4ward3.com

James ‘Jim’ Wells

State of service, indicate the function, military or civil service here:
I started working for the State of Nevada in 1992 and have held several leadership positions including:
Chief Deputy State Comptroller (2001-2002)
Chief Financial Officer, Employee Benefits Program (2003-2006)
Assistant Superintendent of Administrative and Tax Services, Nevada Department of Education (2006-2010)
General Manager, Public Employee Benefits Program (2010-2015)
Director of Administration/Finance and Director of State Budget (2015-2018)
I retired from the State of Nevada in 2018. I also served as Chief Accounting Officer for the City of Roanoke, Virginia (2002-2003).

I have also served on several non-profit boards and committees, including:
Nevada Committee on Local Government Finances (2006-2010)
Association of Public Accountants
President of the Northern Nevada Chapter (2008-2010)
Regional Vice President (2011-2012)
Treasurer of the Northern Nevada Chapter (2012-2013)
Government Accounting Standards Advisory Council (2016-2018)
Nevada State Prison Preservation Society – President (2020-2022); Treasurer (2022-Present)
Nevada Commission for the Reconstruction of the V&T Railroad – Treasurer (2021 – present)
Carson City Audit Committee (2021–present)
Carson City Equalization Board (2021 – present)

Education:
Valedictorian, Carson High School, 1985
University of Nevada, Reno – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting, 1989

Why are you running?
I applied for this seat when it was vacated in 2020 by our current mayor. I applied for the position then and am applying now because I believe my background and experiences would be an advantage to the council and the community in which I have lived for nearly 50 years.
I currently volunteer on the Carson City Audit Committee and the Carson City Equalization Board and see serving on the Supervisory Board as the next logical step to continue working with other board members and staff to advance Carson City.

Briefly describe the main duties of the position for which you are applying.
The mayor and board of supervisors are responsible for the city’s legislative and executive functions and for appointing a city manager responsible for day-to-day operations. The council’s responsibilities include maintaining the municipal code by passing ordinances, approving the budget, and setting the city’s vision, goals, and priorities.

A brief statement about your platform
Residents deserve a government that is responsive, conservative in the spending of public resources, transparent in the conduct of its affairs, and accountable for decisions made on behalf of the people. Keeping the community informed about things affecting their wallet and quality of life is a priority for me.
As a former state budget director, I also understand the importance of conservative budgeting principles as well as having an adequate rainy day fund to weather the next economic downturn.
I would like to see the board of directors:
Review and, if necessary, update the City’s master plan to ensure it is consistent with what residents want their city to look like.
Implement an asset management plan and prioritize existing revenues to maintain the City’s roads, water and sewer systems, and recreational assets.
Ensure the City maintains emergency preparedness and responds to the growth necessary for the City’s police and fire services to maintain adequate levels of service.
Ensure information technology systems and personal data are secure and protected from cybersecurity attacks.
Provide citizens with easy-to-understand information about City operations and finances.
Promote economic development by maintaining a simple, fair and stable regulatory environment that is attractive to new and existing businesses.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position
I have over 30 years of experience in government finance and operations, along with a proven track record of building government efficiency, reducing operating costs and eliminating duplication.
I have created and implemented government strategic plans along with measurable goals and performance targets to ensure the government is doing the right thing. Performance measurement is an important part of a solid strategic plan. Only when a government measures its performance does it know where to apply its limited resources to get the best return on investment.
Throughout my career, I have challenged staff to make government more effective and efficient by answering the following questions:
What activities do you do that you would stop doing if you could? How would you prioritize those resources to do something you should be but aren’t?
What new initiatives would you suggest? What results would they get? How would success be measured?
What low-cost or no-cost policies or operational ideas would you suggest?
These are the kinds of questions a government needs to ask itself when trying to allocate its limited budget and staff. Engaging staff who work in specific areas every day and who know what works and what doesn’t leads to better decision-making and better results. I believe the primary role of a supervisor is to analyze data, ask critical questions, and make sound decisions that benefit our community as a whole.
My background in finance and management gives me a unique insight into how government works. I will bring this experience and perspective to the Carson City Board of Supervisors to help make Carson City a better place to live, work and play.

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