By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
The filing period for open positions in White Pine County began March 3 and will continue through March 14.
County Commissioners John Lampros and Mike Lemich have both said they plan on filing to be reelected for their seats on the commission. Other notable openings include County Clerk, Assessor, Recorder, Treasurer, Sheriff and District Attorney, all of which hold four year terms.
County Clerk Lin Berleigh said those looking to apply for the major offices will need to bring $100 in cash to pay the filing fee, as well as some required paperwork to get the ball rolling.
“They need to come into the office and have with them current photo ID or driver’s license and proof of their physical residence of where they reside. If the address on their license is not where they currently live, they will need to bring in a copy of a utility bill that can prove their current address,” Berleigh said.
As the current chairman of the county commission, Lampros encourages all that have a desire to work for the county to come out during the filing period and put their names in.
“If you want to run for county commissioner, do it. It is your right. It is a good experience,” Lampros said.
Lampros added he would “absolutely” seek reelection for the commission. He mentioned the various projects the county has in the works as signs that the current members of the commission have things moving in the right direction.
“White Pine County is in the best financial shape it has been in in years,” Lampros said.
Lemich, who is also going to file to be reelected, said his advice for anyone looking to file to join the commission is to do it out of love for the county.
“If you want to file for the county commission, you got to have the county in your heart,” Lemich said.
County commissioner Mike Coster said the overall process from filing to actually being elected is much longer than the “expedited” process the city uses.
“You declare in March. The primaries are not until June and of course the election is in November, so it’s really quite a long campaign period,” Coster said.
As the one commissioner who often doesn’t see eye to eye with the rest of the board, Coster said he would like to see some new people step into the seats on the commission.
“I think it would be appropriate to see a change,” Coster said.
Unlike other counties in Nevada, White Pine County elections don’t use precincts, meaning anyone from Baker to McGill can vote for any person running for a position.
Other open county positions include seats on the hospital board of trustees, school district, soil conservation, Ruth General Improvement District (GID), Baker GID, McGill GID and TV district. Filing fees for those positions are each $30.