Raggio, 84, announced on Jan. 5 that he would be leaving his position as a Nevada politician. The Republican senator was first elected in 1972.
At the Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting on Jan. 11, only four candidates had thrown their hats into the ring to be considered to replace Raggio as the representative for Washoe County District 3. Since then, nine more candidates have added their names to the list. Candidates include:
• Greg Brower served in the state Assembly in the 1999 and 2001 sessions and later served as the U.S. Attorney for Nevada.
• Patty Cafferata served as state treasurer from 1982 to 1986. She was a state assemblywoman and district attorney of Lincoln, Lander and Esmeralda counties.
• Barbara Smith Campbell served five terms on the Nevada Tax Commission and served on the SAGE Commission.
• Kevin Christensen served as a Washoe County School District trustee from 1982 to 1988.
• Jim Galloway served on the Washoe County Commission for 12 years.
• Toni Harsh served on the Reno City Council from 2000 to 2004.
• Derrick Johnson is an Army veteran and a marriage and family therapist intern.
• Dan Reaser is a lawyer with the firm Lionel Sawyer and Collins and previously worked in the state attorney general’s office under Richard Bryan and Brian McKay.
• Claudia Van Lydegraf is a 35-year Reno resident and former publisher of a community paper called Coyote News in Cold Springs at the northern end of Senate District 3. She also is involved in community activities in Cold Springs.
• Jim Nadeau had a long career with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and has also served as the government affairs director for the Reno-Sparks Association of Realtors. He works for Carrara Nevada, a government relations firm.
• Ken Santor was state treasurer from 1987 to 1991.
• Tim Smith is vice president of finance for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. He joined the RSCVA in March 1999.
• Mike Weber is a partner in an engineering firm.
On Thursday, the Washoe County Republican Party’s executive board endorsed Brower and Cafferata.
“With an excellent list of highly qualified candidates competing for the position, the executive board had a tough task,” Dave Buell, chairman of the vetting committee, said in a written statement. “In the end, prior legislative experience of both Greg and Patty was a major influence in the board’s decision to select them.
“Their long-term service in high-profile roles clearly qualifies them for the upcoming challenges and the fact that both Greg and Patty have served in the Legislature with distinction will allow them to hit the ground running when the state Legislature convenes on Feb. 7,” Buell added. “We also strongly believe that Greg and Patty’s involvement in reapportionment in the past would place them in a unique position to represent the interests of the constituents of Senate District 3.”
Raggio’s retirement was effective Saturday and the meeting to appoint his replacement will begin at 9 a.m. today in the Washoe County Commission Chambers located at the Washoe County Complex at 1001 E. Ninth St. in Reno. The 2011 Legislature convenes on Feb. 7.
The longtime politician cited health reasons for ending his 10th term as an elected official in Nevada.
“If the state of Nevada had a Mount Rushmore for public servants, Bill Raggio’s image would be etched on its face,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said.
Before joining the Senate in 1972, Raggio served as Washoe County district attorney for 12 years and assistant DA for six years prior to that.