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Final words from the candidates for Sparks city attorney
by Chet Adams and Neil Grad
Nov 01, 2008 | 852 views | 21 21 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From Chet Adams, city attorney

I am the Sparks city attorney and am asking for your vote this November. I have dedicated my career to public service. I began my law career as a law clerk for the Honorable Deborah Agosti before becoming a Deputy District Attorney for the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office where I honed my skills in the Civil Division. After serving the public in that office, I served the citizens of Sparks by becoming the chief deputy in the Civil Division of the Sparks City Attorney’s Office. In 1996 I had the honor of becoming the Sparks city attorney and have had the privilege of representing the city for the past 12 years.

My tenure while serving as the Sparks city attorney has been highlighted by many accomplishments. In the Criminal Division I advocated and created the first full-time Victim Advocate Position, which has been instrumental in maintaining a conviction rate for domestic violence that is three times higher than the national average. This office has also maintained a 95-percent driving under the influence conviction rate. The Civil Division has likewise been extremely successful in defending lawsuits against the city of Sparks. Between 1991 and 2007, lawsuits filed against the city of Sparks sought a total of $136,094,938 in damages. Our office successfully defended over 99 percent of these lawsuits and the city of Sparks paid less than 1 percent of claimed damages. As a result, the Sparks City Attorney’s Office has saved the Sparks’ taxpayers $134,901,892.

Being the Sparks City Attorney requires not only the ability to aggressively defend the city in lawsuits and prosecute criminal cases, but also the ability to lead when others will not and the courage to say “no” even when doing so is not politically popular. That is why I fought against the move to make the Sparks city attorney an appointed position. It is my continued belief that the Sparks city attorney must have the ability to give impartial advice and not be swayed by political whims.

The success of my office is due to my tenacity, aggressiveness, leadership, knowledge and experience that I have gained during the 21 years that I have dedicated to the public as a government attorney. This is the continued commitment of experienced and dedicated service that I promise the citizens of Sparks upon my re-election. The citizens of Sparks deserve no less.

It has been and honor and a privilege to serve the city of Sparks and I humbly ask for your vote.

Chet Adams

From Neil Grad, attorney

I am running for Sparks city attorney because I care about my community’s crying need for capable legal counsel.

Nevadans are safer due to my work. My precedent-setting case against a local taxi company was used against Pacific Gas & Electric when the huge utility tried to abuse its bankruptcy filing to get around laws and regulations. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with my argument protecting ratepayers from serious jeopardy.

I was selected by the Nevada Public Service Commission to represent the state in front of the Ninth Circuit in a case directly impacting the safety of Sparks residents. In the 1970s, a fire in a Roseville, Calif., railyard revealed that the Hawthorne munitions facility was shipping bombs in wooden freight cars — many of which traveled right through Sparks and were parked in our downtown.

While the court upheld federal authority, that case contributed to the Department of Defense moving to safer steel containers.

The Sparks Tribune, city councilmembers Ron Schmitt and John Mayer and columnist Ira Hansen have all called for the 12-year incumbent’s resignation.

My opponent claims to support the prevailing wage law but has told Sparks labor leaders that he will not enforce the law on the huge Legends Marina project.

He has lost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in three sexual harassment actions for which he is to blame yet still publicly denies. He touts saving the city over $100 million in legal claims. That’s merely what various plaintiffs have asserted in filings and has no basis in reality.

He has continued his business relationship with Carlos Vasquez, spokesman for developer Harvey Whittemore’s divisive Lazy 8 casino project.

There are so many examples of his misconduct and poor judgment that my campaign has built an entire Web site (ChetRegrets.com) made up entirely of news reports detailing them.

“Instead of getting the city out of problems, he’s only gotten the city into unnecessary financial situations, including payoffs that have always been just short of the threshold needing the council’s approval. (“Who’s running this city?” Daily Sparks Tribune editorial, Aug. 8, 2007)

I am a much more experienced lawyer than my opponent. I have practiced law in both the private and government sectors and realize that a public servant must be open, forthcoming and non-adversarial when his client is the taxpayer.

I cannot stand by when I see my city in need. My grandchildren and yours deserve better.

That’s why I ask Sparks citizens for their votes.

Neil Grad
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sasha9456
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November 15, 2008
The feds are coming for you, Chet. Put the money away from spending on booze and save it for a damn good defense attorney. Oh, don't bend down for the soap.
marinaguy
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November 04, 2008
For an even better read..check out the final vote tally SUKKA'
no joke
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November 03, 2008
for much more interesting reading go to http://chetregrets.com. it's all there.
localGOP
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November 03, 2008
This vote's for you, Neil Grad. I'm sorry, but some races (dem, gop, non-partisan) require a housecleaning. This is one of them. Good luck to you Mr. Grad.
sparksvotertoo
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November 03, 2008
You have done a lot of scummy things in your life chet, but the yellow stickers really tops them all. They are being collected so a criminal complaint can be filed against you, your butt ugly arsonist girlfriend and whoever else helped you. After the criminal case, comes the ethics violation and the bar complaint. This time you will lose your license for good. So many Republicans have helped out in Grad's campaign because they know you are destructive to Sparks. You will never work in this area again. Oh, wait.

You never did work here. Sparks voters, beside being a convicted criminal, sexual harasser and incompetent attorney, chet adams is a lousy human being. He needs to be behind bars again.
sparksvoter
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November 03, 2008
Still got time to contribute http://www.reelectchetadams.com/

Think of it as pennance for your otherwise uneducated opinions.
no joke
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November 03, 2008
Ha! Ha! I liked that last one....... maybe the next photo that's prsented to Adams to refute will be a photo of him and Tom Riley on the Love Boat.
Deep2Right
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November 03, 2008
I'm tired of reading the articles in the Sparks Tribune and the RGJ addressing sexual harassment allegations by Adams, and, then Adams continually stating it all to be false. Adams is absolutely right that he has never been taken to court on sexual harassment charges. Mr. Adams, YOU MUST ADMIT, there were four separate sexual harassment-related allegations against you that were investigated internally. Like it or not, the City believed there to be enough evidence negotiate settlements to avoid a more costly outcome through the court system. Please tell the citizens/taxpayers/voters of Sparks that that is false. I find it quite interesting that every time this subject has been brought up, you either refuse to respond, or you outright lie by saying it never happened. An honest person would step up to the plate, admit his mistakes, and make yourself a better person. It is possible that you could be re-elected as City Attorney for Sparks. If that happens, please do all the taxpayers a favor and hire nothing but male personnel in your office.
sparksvoter
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November 03, 2008
Well, sounds like you guys are still on the sauce, maybe just coming down from a bender? Dont worry, the hallucinations and diluted reality will end for you tomorrow night after Adams takes this race by a huge landslide. Take one last swig folks and drink to Neil's new loan debt, ha ha..
Sparksvotertoo
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November 03, 2008
sparksvoter, whatever you have been snorting is illegal. The voters know he is a sleeze costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. His proven accomplishments? Lying about saving Sparks $100,000,000 when he had it already scripted with Whittemore's spokesman. Adams admitted it never would have gone to 100 mil. He lies as much as you are deluded. He has no proven accomplishments that have helped the city. Paying a street artist $250,000 because he is incompetent and hated his opponent? Get real and get into rehab. Take adams with you.
no joke
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November 03, 2008
if adams does take this race, it's because the voters DON'T know him...
sparksvoter
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November 03, 2008
Hope you guys sober up long enough to see the election returns...Adams will take this race easily because the voters know him and have faith in his proven accomplishments.
ConcernedTaxpayer
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November 03, 2008
The fact remains, WE, THE TAXPAYING CITIZENS OF SPARKS, NEED CHANGE! Vote for Neil Grad.
Deep2Right
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November 03, 2008
To "yourstruely", "Marinaguy", "FriendofAdams", "revealing1", "birdbrain", and all the other names you hide behind on the Tribune and RGJ, we all know you are Chet Adams. Your posts have all been filled with venom and untruths. Chet is now resorting to proclaiming to be running a clean, courteous, run for office by now referring to his opponent, Grad, as "sir", "gentleman", and even stooping so low as to end some of his blogs on the RGJ with "God bless.? It's too late, Adams. The nastiness you have already spewed during the course of your campaign, such as referring to your opponent as "slime" and "Johnny 666" sound like more from the devil than a God-fearing man that you portray youself to be. Any voter in their right mind would vote for ANY opponent but you.
Disgusted by Adams
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November 03, 2008
Sorry Chet - you sleep with the help, you got to go. You, of all people, are responsible for enforcement of sexual harassment policies in the City. Yet you have been the biggest offender. If the city can't fire you, we will do it for them.
gograd
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November 02, 2008
Go Neil Grad!! Sparks needs a change and you are it.
no joke
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November 01, 2008
But, Chet, how could you expect anything but "negative and personal." That's your MO.
yourstruely
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November 01, 2008
Rather than end on a professional note, Mr. Grad has once again decided to go negative and personal. Good luck gentlemen and I am sure that the best candidate will win... eventually.
NevadaDem
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November 01, 2008
Go Grad!!!
no joke
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November 01, 2008
And I don't ever recall having read or heard on the news that Grad ever sexually harassed his subordinate female employees. Out with the incumbent and in with new blood. SPARKS DESPARATELY NEEDS CHANGE!!
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