Kevin Melcher had a strong lead for a seat on the Nevada System of Higher Education board. He is followed by Joe Arrascada in a race that will be decided by the primary election in November.
The seat covers most of Reno for a spot on the 13-person board that governs the state’s public colleges including the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College. The seat is being left open by attorney Rick Trachok, who announced in February he would not seek re-election.
Results are expected to be updated daily until June 16 with final results being official on June 19.
Melcher, who won a regent race in 2010 for a seat representing part of Clark County and most of the western half of the state, had nearly 30 percent of the vote, according to early returns.
Melcher is a retired educator who campaigned on his experience and having the time to serve as a regent.
“My previous service and experience as a member of the Board of Regents allows me to step back into the position and be an impactful member immediately,” he said. “With only four of thirteen Regents residing in Northern Nevada, my strong leadership and established voice in higher education is critical.”
He may likely head to the general election against Joe Arrascada, who said he was running in part to have better oversight.
“I firmly believe increased oversight must be made by at least one Regent following the Board’s approval of large dollar amounts earmarked for construction and/or renovation projects,” Arrascada said. He cited the University of Nevada, Reno’s problems in renovating Mackay Stadium. Renovations were not built up to standards set by federal laws under the Americans with Disability Act.
Vince Lombardi followed closely behind with 20 percent of the vote. Lombardi, a faculty member at UNR’s Medical School, said he wanted to serve as a voice for staff at the state’s public colleges.
Andrew Diss, a gaming executive at the Grand Sierra Resort, had 16 percent of the vote as of Wednesday morning.
John McKendricks, who is a director at a private Christian school in Reno, had just over 12 percent of early returns.
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