Current commission chairman Bob Larkin is vacating the seat.
Gutierrez, a self-described conservative Republican, said he was motivated to run because “we are facing difficult times in northern Nevada and need a hard-working, problem-solving leader who brings people together to find practical solutions. The choices we make now will affect Washoe County for years to come.”
Gutierrez said he is committed to fight for fiscal discipline, lower taxes and smaller, more efficient government.
“Throughout my years of public service, I have been a fierce advocate for my constituents. As a commissioner, I will continue to put the peoples’ interests above special interests. Civility and respect for the citizens of Washoe County will be paramount as I work for the interests of my neighbors in our community.”
Co-founder of Mariposa Academy of Language and Learning and former executive director for Nevada Hispanic Services, Gutierrez has a long history of community involvement. He has served as planning commissioner for the city of Sparks and was an advisory member of the Washoe County Access to Justice Foundation. He has also served on the boards of the Education Collaborative of Washoe County, Truckee Meadows Human Services Association, Stand for Children and Just For Kids. He is currently a board member for the Boy Scouts of America Scoutreach, Secret Witness, ACCEPT (African-American Community Cultural Education Programs & Training) and Amigos de Mariposa.
Gutierrez has been married to his wife, Estella, for 11 years and has one son.
Washoe County District 4 represents Sparks, Spanish Springs, Warm Springs and Wadsworth.