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RENO CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE

B obzien, Kumar will return in fall election

MIKE HIGDON AND ANJEANETTE DAMON

RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL

Reno City Councilman David Bobzien will face Sam Kumar, the former chairman of the Washoe County Republican Party, in the November general election. The candidates were the top two vote-getters in the four-way primary race for the at-large seat. Bobzien led the other three candidates by a wide margin. “We’re excited about the strong showing in the primary,”Bobziensaid.“I think it shows a lot about what I’m doing and the broad support I have in the community. The general is different, but I look forward to meeting more voters across the city and getting out and campaigning. We have a lot more walking to do and more conversations to have about how we can move the city forward together.”

Bobzien, who was appointed to the seat left vacant by Mayor Hillary Schieve in 2014, argued he has the breadth of experience necessary to help lead the city through the economic recovery.

Schieve campaigned with Bobzien and posted a photo of them knocking on doors on Facebook with the caption: “Almost every door we knocked on today knew David Bobzien on a first name basis,” she wrote. “I know we are growing fast as a city but I still love that Reno has a small town close community connection. #WeStickTogether #ILoveThisPlace #Vote- Bobzien” Kumar, who hasn’t run for office before, said he’s a better candidate because he doesn’t have support from public employee unions. Kumar did not return a call requesting comment on primary night. The other two candidates were Sam Dehne and James Lewis.

David Bobzien, left, and Sam Kumar

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