By Mark Waite
Nye County Commissioner Gary Hollis raised twice as much in his campaign for re-election as all the other county commission candidates combined, according to reports filed with the Nevada Secretary of State last week.
Hollis, who announced his candidacy for a third term on the county commission early in the campaign, reported $11,500 in donations. Likewise Nevada Assembly District 36 candidate James Oscarson dwarfs his opponents in fundraising, with $18,916 raised so far.
State Senate candidate Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka, currently the state Assembly minority leader, outdid everyone, with a $41,800 war chest. Among the seven Pahrump Justice of the Peace candidates, Ron Kent posted a campaign war chest of $15,901 to lead the field.
Hollis lists William Wahl, manager of Amargosa Valley mining firm IMV Nevada, as his biggest contributor; Wahl poneyed up $5,000. Hollis drove a tractor demolishing the old donut shop to pave the way for a mobile home park and Pahrump Senior Center planned by Dr. Jeffrey Gunter, who donated $1,500 to Hollis’ campaign and $500 of in-kind donations for radio commercials; Gunter has been a reliable contributor to Hollis, who received $5,000 from the dermatologist in 2008.
U.S. Environmental Services of Nevada LLC, managed by Robert Ford of Amargosa Valley, donated $1,500 to Hollis. Creekside Investments LLC, owned by John Shea, who operates Pahrump Valley Disposal, chipped in $1,000. Cash America, a company that owns Super Pawn, donated $1,000. Focus Property Group hasn’t been active lately in Nye County, but one of their political action committees, Smaxy PAC gave Hollis $500.
Hollis’ opponents Frank Carbone reported $2,074 in contributions from himself. Garren Hesketh didn’t have any contributions in the reporting period that ended May 22. Darryl Lackey didn’t file a report.
Julie Hargis leads in the fundraising among Nye County Commission District 3 candidates, with $5,000. Stephen Burchett, who lists her same address, donated $3,000, Creekside Investments gave her $1,000. Hargis donated $750 to her own campaign.
Ken Searles reported a $3,000 contribution from himself. Andy Alberti reported $1,815 in contributions, $1,000 of that was from Creekside Investments. Judith Holmgren donated $200 to Donna Cox’s campaign, Cox’s only contributor.
The Oscarson campaign for state assembly lists numerous donors from the medical community and Valley Electric Association. R. Don Oscarson of Scottsdale, Ariz. donated $4,000, Dr. Haikal Osama of Las Vegas donated $1,200. A group of donors gave $1,000: the Valley Electric Association Political Action Committee, Creekside Investments, RAN Services Inc., William Wahl and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Southwest Gas gave $750. Dr. Charles King Bibby Jr., the Desert View medical director, gave $466.
Kaempfer, Crowell and Renshaw, the law firm that bid on the county’s lobbying contract, donated $500, along with county Assistant Sheriff Rick Marshall, developer Hollis Harris, Healthcare Partners Nevada LLC, Cable ADS Media Group, DGB Enterprises LLC of Las Vegas, Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, Alex Veisman of Desert View Hospital, Republican activist Richard Hatch, Friends for Borasky, and VEA lobbyist Fisher Consulting LLC, who also lists $414 of in-kind contributions.
Oscarson’s opponent Walt Grudzinski lists $2,100, of which $1,600 came from family members. Delmar Leatham of Logandale reported $5,437 in donations, besides $2,837 of his own money, he lists $1,500 from mining company Newmont USA Ltd.
Goicoechea, a Eureka rancher, swamps the other two candidates for the vast new state Senate district. He received a $10,000 donation from the Senate Leadership Conference, along with $5,000 apiece from the Keystone Corp. and Cary Catz of Las Vegas. RAN Services donated $2,500, AT&T gave $3,000. the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce donated $2,500, the law firm of Snell and Wilmer as well as the Nevada Realtors PAC each donated $2,000, Bobby Ellis of Henderson donated $1,500. Goicoechea received $1,000 contributions from Pfizer Inc., the Lewis and Roca law firm and Southwest Gas, The Capital Company Ltd., R and S Investments, Union Pacific Railroad and Altria Client Services.
Goicoechea’s opponent, Pahrump Town Board member Harley Kulkin, doesn’t list any contributions and only $478.33 in expenses. Independent American Party candidate Janine Hansen took in $1,900 and $1,155 worth of in-kind contributions, most came in a $1,000 donation from Michael and Pamela Lattin of Elko.
Ron Kent, who donated almost $45,000 of his own money in a very close district attorney’s race two years ago, donated $12,451 to his campaign for Pahrump Justice of the Peace this year. Mike DeBauche, owner of Irene’s Casino, donated $1,000, Saitta Trudeau donated $750, Harris Ltd. gave $500, the law firm of Walsh and Friedman Ltd. gave $500. Much of his expenses went to direct mailings through the U.S. Postal Service.
Former Nye County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Huggins reported $4,200 in donations, of which $3,600 came from himself. Deputy District Attorney Charles Watkins amassed $1,426 in donations, the law firm of Stovall and Associates gave $625, his brother, attorney John Watkins gave $500, the Sanders Family Winery gave $500 worth of in-kind contributions, use of the facility for a fundraiser.
J.P. candidate Pat Walker reported $485 worth of in-kind contributions and $7,588 in expenses. Louis De Canio didn’t report any donations and spent $1,880. Tom Britting lists a $500 contribution from Ray Cartwright of Las Vegas.
Fifth District Judge Kimberly Wanker listed $7,500 in contributions. Darrel Wanker andd T.L. Wanker, both of Hawkins, Tex. gave $2,500 apiece. Dr. Gunter contributed $1,000. The law firm of Kaempfer, Crowell, Renshaw and Fiorentino gave $500, Assistant Sheriff Marshall donated $500 and John Erdaq gave $500. Wanker lists in-kind contributions of $500 from Linda De Meo, $203 from Sydney Hatch and $175 from Lillian Donohue.
Her opponent in November, Nancy Lord, didn’t file a report with the Secretary of State as mandated by law.