Candidate For Washoe County Clerk
For the past three years I have watched the marriage license issuance in Washoe County drop nearly 5000 licenses. I have watched as the current Washoe County Clerk initiated new policies with NO regard for the negative fiscal impact these policies would create for our tourist industry and our local economy.
Nevada style weddings have long been a "tourist draw" for our area. These weddings are fast diminishing and taking with then the 10, 20, and 30 or so guests they often bring with them. This represents room vacancies, empty restaurants and casino gaming areas, boarded up shops and empty Reno pockets...a 13% unemployment rate for Washoe County and a 21% decline in gaming revenues for the month of August. Historically our most prosperous month.
I can't bring these weddings back to Reno overnight...There's a 3+ year echo effect of damage that's going to take some serious reversal...But, I can't wait to get busy on that.
Our marriage laws are simple and they're reasonable when recognized for their legislative intent...Couples have been coming to Reno for years to be married...because it's fun, easy, affordable and stress free...Or at least it use to be...and I believe it can be again.
Washoe County is losing money. The Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence currently recieves $25.00 from every license issued in the state. The decline creates some pretty sad numbers when you do the math. And those numbers don't even touch the entire trickle down effect.
As your County Clerk I will see that everyone who wishes to be married in Washoe County and who possesses ID pursuant to NRS122.020 and NRS122.040 is able to do just that. I will not implement policies or regulations above what the legislature in their wisdom authorize of me and I will not capriciously toss aside our badly needed tourist dollars .
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.