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Reno will elect a new mayor

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The 2014 election for mayor of Reno will be different from the previous three. The incumbent, Bob Cahsell, is termed out and won't be on the ballot. He was elected and re-elected without serious opposition, but the situation this year is wide open.

At the end of the filing period on March 14, 2014, twenty candidates had declared for the office, according to the Washoe County Registrar of Voters. That's the most ever and over twice as many as the previous high. Some may drop out, of course, but there will be enough on the ballot to give voters a dizzying choice. The primary election on June 10 will winnow the field down to two contenders who will face off in the general election on November 4.

Brace yourselves for a busy campaign season. The ballot for this mid-term election will be a big one. In addition to mayor, two Reno City Council seats are up, along with other city offices. The situation will be similar in Sparks, though Mayor Geno Martini is running for re-election. You'll also be voting on governor of Nevada, numerous other state offices, seats in the Nevada Legislature, and members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Neither of Nevada's U.S. Senators face the voters this year.

If you aren't registered, you can't vote. Get the details about how to register to vote and deadlines to do so from "How to Register to Vote in Reno and Washoe County."

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