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.

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Nice and you have allowed it to be destroyed with development like stonegate

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The City of Reno is continuing to work the issue of drag racing on our streets. Thank you Reno Police Department for the things you do everyday to keep our community safe! 🙏 ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you and be safe.

They may have targeted south reno, because it’s been nice and quiet this weekend 😎

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Had an awesome time today at the Greater New Hope Baptist Church Block Party. I hung out with the Reno Police Department reps who were showing off their motorcycles 🏍 and Reno Fire Department who provided cold water 💧and made sure people stayed safe in the heat. A variety of organizations were out - including the Washoe County School District - meeting the people, sharing their service offerings and supporting the community. And, of course Angie Taylor for Assembly 27 was out gaining supporters.

Suddenly, a huge gust of wind came and blew away half the tents. It was so warm that my phone overheated and - horrors! - I had to stop taking pics!
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Please contact me anytime: naomi@votenaomi.com or (cell) 775-224-4740