JOE MORTENSEN – INCUMBENT DISTRICT 4
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Thank you, Nancy for this opportunity.
I am better qualified than my opponent to be a Lyon County Commissioner because of both my experience and training. I served on the Fernley City Council for seven years, during which time I was involved with setting up the city government in Fernley, having to deal with the rapid growth and then with the economic down-turn.
I have served four years now on the Lyon County Commission, with two of those years as Chairman.
Several of the important issues that we are dealing with are:
1) Funding Lyon County government – we will have to continue to consolidate and down-size staff, even though this has improved. Strategies include sharing services with other counties and cities, and continuing to lobby against state pass-downs and unfunded mandates.
2) Economic Development – at this time NNDA (Northern NV Development Authority) is essential to our future economic development. Staff must continue their round-table meetings where they meet with those interested in Lyon County, and the entire process is streamlined.
3) Nevada Copper Land Transfer – this transfer will have multiple economic benefits to the county, we need to provide support for this wherever necessary.
4) Growth – future improvements to Highway 50 and USA Parkway, funded by NDOT, and the government grant for the Silver Springs Airport will help with growth.
5) Water Issues – agriculture is the number three industry in Nevada, and Lyon County is the number one agricultural producing county, it is essential that we oppose any water transfers out of Lyon County. Water is our greatest asset for agriculture, economic development, and growth.
In closing, a County Commissioner has to be honest, open-minded, and have common sense – I am the best person for the position.