About Naomi

I first came to Reno when I was 20 to visit my father who had moved here after a brief visit. Like him, and many visitors to Reno, I came, I was wowed, I fell in love, and have made it my home.

I came for a visit, ready to return to college back east at the end of the summer. I was so taken with Nevada, though, that I wanted to stay. Since I was a geology major, my father suggested I go see the Dean of the School of Mines at the university about a late admission. This was a foreign concept to me, after the east coast elitism of college applications.

Much to my surprise, I was able to get a meeting with the Dean. He talked with me, asked me about my grades and scores and goals. At the end of the meeting he said “I believe in you” and admitted me to the university on the spot, assuming my paperwork backed me up when I got it to him.

The Dean of the Mackay School of Mines took a chance on me. Over the years, I hope I have earned that Dean’s faith in me. I’ve built a very successful business here, together with my husband of 25 years, Herb. Our company has pumped millions into the Nevada economy in the good years. We have also struggled through lean years, and know intimately what many other businesses and individuals have faced throughout this recession.

I’ve served the community as the Nevada State Water Planner, as Director of the Truckee River Flood Management Project, and on the boards of the Mackay School of Mines, DRI, the Nevada Diabetes Association, the Ward 2 Neighborhood Advisory Board, and many others. And all because of one fateful trip to Reno, and meeting a man, the Dean, who trusted and believed in me.

Why I Ran the First Time:
I ran for Reno City Council (and was elected) for the first time in 2014. I thought we needed someone who could build consensus and get things done, a “do-er.”

As the State Water Planner, I worked to develop the first state water plan in 25 years. This wasn’t easy – this is the West after all, where “whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting,” as they say – but the plan got a standing ovation during a joint session of the legislature, when Democrats controlled one house and Republicans the other.

As Executive Director of the Truckee River Flood Project, I managed to get local governments to come together to sign a joint powers agreement, and achieved more than 600 unanimous votes during my six years there. We secured millions in funding and contributions, finished four major construction projects, and developed many more, some of which are about to begin. These are projects that will not only help prevent costly flooding but will also put hundreds of people to work.

I believe the Reno City Council needs this kind of get-things-done experience and attitude. That’s why I’ve decided to run.

2 days ago

Naomi Duerr - Reno City Councilmember

Macy loved getting to know the Reno Police Department K-9 Unit - Officer Schwartz and his pal Rone - today at the 2019 #ArtPaws! ...

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7 days ago

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! The pedestrian crossing sign at Comstock Park at Carat! The lower speed limit, also! Thank you to you and the city council for getting that done! ...

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3 weeks ago

I frequently pass Comstock Park. This morning a man waited to cross while at least 5 cars passed, without stopping to allow him to cross. In Monrovia, CA they have stands of light weight flags that pedestrians can take, use to cross the street, and the deposit it in bin on the opposite side of the street. It is in expensive, and does the job. ...

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Yesterday I fulfilled part of my Reno Vice Mayor duties and testified in front of the NV Senate Revenue and Economic Development Committee about the city's need to fund additional public safety personnel. Joining me was City Manager Sabra Smith Newby, Reno Police Department Deputy Chief Mac Venzon, Reno Fire Department Division Chief Seth Williams, and of course, Dylan Shaver, our legislative advocate.

With the failure of possible bills designed to help our city and other local governments dig out from the recession and fund basic city services, an end of the session effort is underway to allow city and county residents to vote on whether they are willing to pay a little more - up to $65 on a $400,000 home - to help add firefighters and police officers to our contingent.

Our current public safety staffing is equivalent to the staffing we had in the 1990s-2000, when our population was 150,000. We are now at 250,000. Essentially, we are about 100 police officers and 100 firefighters short in order to provide services at levels comparable with other mid-sized cities.

Senator Julia Ratti did a fantastic job explaining the challenges hamstringing local governments in addressing critical needs, and advocating for the bill (#SB556) which would allow all local governments, in counties with less than 700,000 residents, to ask their voters for the funding to support additional public safety officers.

We will know by Tuesday morning whether the Legislature is willing to support us in trying to address our challenges.

Councilman Devon T. Reese provides an excellent explanation of the bill here:

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Thank you, Kent Mowry, for sharing this image of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Our hearts go out to all of those who have given their lives in service to our country. Freedom is not free. #WeRemember ...

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Please contact me anytime: naomi@votenaomi.com or (cell) 224-4740