Interview – Lori Bagwell, Republican Candidate Carson City Supervisor Ward 3



Lori Bagwell

(vs John McKenna, Incumbent)

(This is a non-partisan race.  Both candidates are Republican.)



Please post a short personal resume:

  • Varied work history that includes the Nevada Association of Counties; State Budget Office; Deputy Director of the Department of Corrections from which I am retired, and currently the owner of a small business in Carson City.
  • Prepared and managed a $330 million budget for a state agency (3 times the size of Carson City Budget)
  • Successfully negotiated government contracts and handled personnel grievances.
  • Represented the agency at the Legislature and worked towards successful passage of legislation.
  • As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I understand the challenges facing out business community
  • Community service is important to me.   I have served on the FISH Board of Directors for three years. I chaired the campaign to refinance the Long Street property to ensure we could continue providing much needed services in our community. I am currently the President.
  • Educated in Carson City and graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

My work history gives me the ability to oversee Carson City’s government operations and work with the other Board members towards a more economically stable city. I was raised to value hard work and integrity, and I believe they are the greatest qualification I bring to this office.

1. You are running against the incumbent. Define your strengths and why you would better serve Carson City in this position than your opponent. 

My extensive background in government accounting, my service on the County Board of Equalization and the Redevelopment Advisory Citizens Committee has given me a unique view of the city and its operations.   As a volunteer for various charities, civic committees and a small business owner, I am well aware of the challenges facing the people of Carson City as well as the government. I have a history of accomplishments that I feel could benefit the people of Carson City. I am a consensus builder and my goal as supervisor will be to provide an environment of honesty, transparency, logical government practice and fiscal responsibility.

2. Give your assessment of Carson City’s current business climate.

Carson City is on the verge of recovery. They just need a nudge in the right place. Empty buildings and run down shopping areas give the appearance of blight and poor business success. Empty anchor stores have stressed many small businesses in those same malls. More taxes and regulation will not improve the economy. Although not a Board issue, a strong educational system is imperative to soliciting new businesses to locate in Carson City. An educated work force is the greatest asset a community can possess.

3. As a new Carson City Supervisor what do you believe will be your greatest challenges in the next four years and how would you intend to address them?

A huge challenge is developing a partnership with the people of Carson City giving them a much needed voice. Talking to residents gives an insight sometimes not developed by current board members. Young people starting their careers see the community thru a different set of eyes and might choose to move or even worse, not take part in improving their community.   I intend to be active in soliciting input from all facets of the community.

One of my concerns is the hike in the cost of living in Carson City. The fee and tax increases have had a negative effect on families, those on fixed incomes and businesses. We must remember that quality of life is not just the environment in and around Carson City – it is also our ability to enjoy it. We must maximize the effectiveness of every dollar spent. We must prioritize our needs by setting short and long range goals. We cannot keep moving the goal post every year. We need to reduce the amount of time spent being reactive and become more proactive.

4. It is a long campaign season. Many accusations and assertions are made by candidates. Are there any specific charges or assertions made by your opponent, or others, that you feel are inaccurate or unfair that you would like to answer to?

Some have developed a perception that I would like to close one or more golf courses. I have never suggested that. I only ask if we can support 81 holes of golf with the present financial environment that these courses find themselves in. Logic would suggest that one or more could fail leaving the City with the issue of where to put thousands of gallons of effluent. It is much better to be pro-active and prepare even if the possible scenario is unpleasant than to ignore the issue and find ourselves unprepared. Federal Clean Water regulations could cost us all if we do not.

5. Please use this space to elaborate on any specific issue(s) of concern:

  • Increasing water and sewer rates are beginning to develop side effects. Some are choosing to drastically reduce water to their yards creating weed and dead lawn issues. This gives the City an unkempt appearance affecting attitudes of residents and those who might chose to move here. This was not the desire of the Board, but with several more large increases scheduled it will only get worse. Thought must be given to encourage residents to maintained yards in a visually attractive manner. Consideration must also be given to those on fixed incomes. On this issue, less water use was not the desire, more revenue was.
  • Roads are going to become a huge burden if the City does not begin to set aside enough money to maintain them. Our roads are old, patched and rapidly wearing out.  Many need much more than chip sealing or crack repair.  Roads transferred from the State to the City to more quickly facilitate the construction of the freeway by-pass, though in fair shape now, will soon deteriorate placing more stress on an already stressed road budget. Let’s get a plan and funding source in place to meet this need.
  • Empty buildings and lots must be brought to a standard that does not suggest blight.  Buildings that are boarded shut must be maintained and empty lots regardless of ownership must be maintained to an appearance standard that promotes a Capitol City.

Editor’s Note:

I have asked Republican candidates in the Carson City District Attorney and Supervisor races & the Lyon County Sheriff’s and Commissioner races to participate in an online interview

The interview responses will be posted in full, unedited as submitted on NewsDesk (, the CCRW website ( and the Carson City Central Committee website (, and all other GOP associated websites that wish to do so.   The responses will be emailed to the membership of each organization, with reposting of any interview by interested parties strongly encouraged.

The purpose of these interviews is to allow our Republican candidates the opportunity to state their positions in their own words, describe how they differ from their opponent’s positions and why they would better serve their local government better than their opponent.

Nancy Dallas, Publisher/Editor NewsDesk (Est. January 2003)


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