In the actual debates with their opponents in the primary, Nye County Assessor Sheree Stringer and Treasurer nominee Raelyn Powers provided question and answer during the candidate debates held April 21 at the Bob Ruud Community Center. Wayne “Boomer” Buck, nominee for Assessor, and John Prudhont, nominee for Treasurer, were absent.
The debates were moderated by former Nye County Republican Central Committee Chairman Joe Burdzinski. Deanna O’Donnell from local TV station KPVM was the questioner. Nearly 150 people came to hear not only the nominees for Assessor and Treasurer, but also the nominees for District Commissioner for District 5 and Nye County District Attorney.
When asked about her experience, Powers cited 30 years of accounting experience and three years of operations management in the Treasurer’s office and a manager at Payday Loans.
As for her leadership style, she likes to educate and lead her people while having fun. And she believes ethics and honesty go hand in hand.
Treasurer responsibilities include mailing 60,000 tax bills, making payments to vendors, overseeing grant funds, and distribution. On investing, she said she has most of her experience in the private sector, but if elected she would look at current investments and see if they could be put to better use.
Her goal is to continue the process of streamlining the office, returning to live auctions of district properties, ensuring that all office staff learn all aspects of the office, and providing a safe environment full of communication and respect. She vowed that under her watch the county would never again be under fiscal surveillance.
When asked if she was currently on leave, Powers replied that the workers’ union had stopped her firing and that she was on leave pending an HR investigation. She emphasized that she had not been fired.
Stringer is seeking a third term as an appraiser in Nye County. She worked at the local Bank of America for 11 years, joined the Board of Assessors in 2003 and was elected Assessor in 2015.
She listed her office’s functions as appraisals of county properties, working with the Treasurer’s office, and dealing with the public when their appraisals change. Her office also demonstrates its internet system, meets with local real estate agents, and works with veterans and the DAV. to ensure veterans know their rights and benefits.
She explained that any owner whose rating has changed is entitled to a second rating. She reminded everyone that many of her duties are mandated by the State Department of Taxation and the Revised Nevada Statutes.
When asked about her leadership style, Stringer said she’s not a micromanager and in fact brags about her 14 employees. She has an open door policy and leads by example by being in the office Monday through Thursday from 7:00am to 5:30pm.
Its goal, if elected, is to make the software system more user-friendly. She concluded by asking voters to give her a third term and suggested that if they haven’t, they should go to the clerk’s office to find out about homesteading.
The debates between the candidates for precinct board districts 1 and 4 and congregational district 36 will take place on April 28 at 5 p.m. at the Bob Ruud Community Center.