“My entire career has been spent serving the community one way or another,” Vinger said, adding that his campaign for elected office will highlight his 24 years of experience with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Vinger, 47, is running as a Republican in a district that largely represents Sparks and Spanish Springs residents.
Vinger, an Air Force veteran, said his many appearances before the county commission in recent years, and his involvement in dealing with massive budget cuts, has primed him for the challenges that lie ahead.
“Sparks, Spanish Springs and other areas of District 4 are a microcosm of the challenges facing family-oriented communities throughout the nation,” Vinger said. “It’s important that we bring in transformational leadership to make sure we not only preserve what we have, but expedite recovery.”
Vinger said he’s interested in making broader policy changes, including bringing a strategic planning process, originally developed to deal with WCSO budget cuts, to the county commission.
“The decisions we make now are really important as we come out of the recession,” Vinger said. But “this isn’t all about the budget.”
Focusing on issues specific to his possible constituents in Sparks and Spanish Springs, Vinger cited sustainable growth as paramount.
“Growth, I think, is vital,” he said.
Vinger said he has assembled a strong support network of family, friends and colleagues to help manage his campaign.
In addition, he has established an official campaign website, www.toddvinger.com, and a communications team.
Vinger has been active in the Lions Club International for more than 18 years and also has volunteered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
If elected, Vinger said he would retire from the WCSO.
No other candidate has announced a run against Vinger. Candidate filing is March 5 through 16.
Vinger said he was motivated to seek public office in part because of Larkin’s exit. Larkin announced in January that he would not seek a third term on the county commission.
“There’s a void there that needs to be filled,” Vinger said. “I think I’m ready for that next step.”