“The Candidate”

No, it’s not Robert Redford from the 1972 movie.

The WRAP group sought a candidate to run against Lucey.  We needed a candidate with intelligence, integrity, and a knowledge of how the county worked.  We were hoping to find a Republican given the party affiliations in District 2.  We thought of a few good candidates, but none was willing to run.  A political consultant told us that finding a good candidate would be the hardest part of defeating Lucey.

So, we’re supporting a candidate who is neither a Republican nor has extensive experience with the county; me.  But, I will staunchly represent the homeowners and taxpayers of District-2 and of the county as a whole.  I will advance their interests against those of the developers or other commercial enterprises.  The commissioners taking the side of developers over homeowners is at the root of the terrible problems we’re suffering related to development.

My principals:

  • Development must be a net benefit for existing homeowners in the area.
  • Development must be sustainable relative to water availability, flood drainage, and wildfire hazard.
  • Development should follow the area plans and Re-imagine Reno so as to retain the character of the area.  We don’t want to be like Phoenix or Vegas with urban sprawl.
  • Taxpayers need to be confident that they are getting value for their revenues.  Coordination with Reno should not impose a burden on taxpayers outside the city.
  • I will not accept campaign contributions or any favor or consideration from a party with business before the commission.
  • Engineering reports must be accurate for safe development: current reports are of dubious merit.
  • Development should not disrupt the wildlife and should not cause long-term environmental harm.

I have started a website: wolgast4washoe.com.  I’m not sure it’s accessible yet.  I will be introducing myself at our next neighborhood meeting.

I will need the support of the community for my bid for office to have any chance.  Come to me with your ideas and concerns.

Steve Wolgast

8 thoughts on ““The Candidate”

  1. Thank you for stepping up. I’m new to local politics but it seems to me that county commissioner should really be non-partisan. Republicans don’t like what is going on in our district and neither do Democrats. Once you’re elected I hope you can provide some support for Jeanne Herman who has been the only commissioner to side with us and as a result has been treated very badly by the other 4.

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  2. I’m delighted.  Your platform is exactly what we need. When is upcoming election?  We must make sure only 1 person from our side runs, so votes will be concentrated.  I suppose a recall election would be too expensive.   Steve, we may live near you.  We’re at 15520 Cherrywood (2 border collies, 1 elderly black lab X, 1 mustang.)  Do you live at the corner of Cherrywood/Shauna?  With a horse?  Daughter age 47 is a hydrologist, likely could help if you ask her, not me.  Call me at 849-1238 evenings. Caroline Lowman (Class Action Claims administers California wage/labor settlements.)

    From: Washoe Residents for Appropriate Planning To: classactionclaims@yahoo.com Sent: Monday, March 5, 2018 2:22 PM Subject: [New post] “The Candidate” #yiv8541392865 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv8541392865 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv8541392865 a.yiv8541392865primaryactionlink:link, #yiv8541392865 a.yiv8541392865primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv8541392865 a.yiv8541392865primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv8541392865 a.yiv8541392865primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv8541392865 WordPress.com | Steve Wolgast posted: “No, it’s not Robert Redford from the 1972 movie.The WRAP group sought a candidate to run against Lucey.  We needed a candidate with intelligence, integrity, and a knowledge of how the county worked.  We were hoping to find a Republican given the party a” | |

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    • Caroline, I’m sorry to be so late to respond. I’m at the end of Cedarwood against the hill (5220 Cedarwood). I’m almost under the house on the hill that looks like a fort. Would you give me an e-mail for your daughter? WRAP is looking for professionals in geology, hydrology, and traffic to serve as occasional advisers. stevecwolgast@gmail.com Thanks for your support. Steve

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  3. Another tactic:  commissioners et al allow bad planning per today’s RGJ RGJ Investigates: Reno knew Lemmon Valley would flood, but it allowed development anyway

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    From: Washoe Residents for Appropriate Planning To: classactionclaims@yahoo.com Sent: Monday, March 5, 2018 2:22 PM Subject: [New post] “The Candidate” #yiv1856988814 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1856988814 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1856988814 a.yiv1856988814primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1856988814 a.yiv1856988814primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1856988814 a.yiv1856988814primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1856988814 a.yiv1856988814primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1856988814 WordPress.com | Steve Wolgast posted: “No, it’s not Robert Redford from the 1972 movie.The WRAP group sought a candidate to run against Lucey.  We needed a candidate with intelligence, integrity, and a knowledge of how the county worked.  We were hoping to find a Republican given the party a” | |

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  4. significant quote from below article:  “The RGJ’s investigation, however, found the flood was not only predicted by studies paid for by the city of Reno and Washoe County, but that local government action — and inaction — also contributed to the amount of water in Swan Lake.  For example, Washoe County and the city of Reno ignored recommendations to build up to $81 million in flood mitigation projects to prevent flooding at existing homes as new construction increased the volume of water in Swan Lake and neighboring Silver Lake in Stead. Any new construction both changes how water drains into the lake and reduces the amount of water that can soak into the ground.” And we can remind them of this when scientists present their comments. Caroline

    From: Caroline Lowman To: Washoe Residents for Appropriate Planning Sent: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 11:44 AM Subject: RGJ: new example of bad Washoe county planning Another tactic:  commissioners et al allow bad planning per today’s RGJ RGJ Investigates: Reno knew Lemmon Valley would flood, but it allowed development anyway

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    From: Washoe Residents for Appropriate Planning To: classactionclaims@yahoo.com Sent: Monday, March 5, 2018 2:22 PM Subject: [New post] “The Candidate” #yiv9782639302 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9782639302 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9782639302 a.yiv9782639302primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9782639302 a.yiv9782639302primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9782639302 a.yiv9782639302primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9782639302 a.yiv9782639302primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9782639302 WordPress.com | Steve Wolgast posted: “No, it’s not Robert Redford from the 1972 movie.The WRAP group sought a candidate to run against Lucey.  We needed a candidate with intelligence, integrity, and a knowledge of how the county worked.  We were hoping to find a Republican given the party a” | |

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  5. Awesome, Steve. Thanks for your activism and I’d be honored to support your campaign with a donation and in kind support. Finally we will have a voice!

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