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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We turned the City of Reno Arch pink for Nevada #cancer Awareness Month!! ... See MoreSee Less

We turned the City of Reno Arch pink for Nevada #Cancer Awareness Month!!

This week we celebrated the opening of Options Veterinary Care, a one-of-a-kind clinic located on Longley Lane to serve animals at low or no cost.

The team has already served 84 animals - even before their official opening - helping low income, seniors, and homeless folks get care for their precious pets.

As Chair of the Washoe County Regional Animal Services Advisory Board I couldn't be happier to have this "option" in Reno! #Bravo

So lucky to have colleagues like SPCA of Northern Nevada Director Jill Vacchina Dobbs and WCRAS Asst Director @Tammy Wines-Jennings as my partners.
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This is wonderful!

So bummed I missed this! Thanks for representing!

“I was driving up 75, and saw the trooper in the turnout.. checked my speed, oh I'm good. A few minutes later, I see a dog in the ditch by one of the signs for exit 20. She looked bad. I was in the left lane, heading to an appointment, and was torn.

I decided I would go back southbound and risk a ticket by going to the turnout. I turned in and the trooper was still there! Yay! He rolled down his window and said "yep! I'm here" to which I told him about the dog and I didn't want a ticket, but if I could help that dog, it was fine by me. He just asked where the dog was and was on his way! I followed and we found her, still there, panting like she was fixing to die. That trooper dumped his jug out and fashioned a water bowl for her. Then poured a couple of bottles of water.

The dog was scared of him but frozen in weakness. She sniffed the water, then realized this kindness was for her! She drank that water down in minutes! The trooper went and got her some more, plus a Little Debbie. She watched him warily the whole time. She sniffed his hand but was still wary.

Next thing, he goes to his vehicle and gets a chair and an umbrella. He told me he will stay here until she trusts him, so he can get her to a shelter, or take her home. I believe his being there at the right time, was one of those little messages reminding us of the good in our world.

Meet Trooper Tudors of the TN State Highway Patrol. One of the good guys for sure."
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Thank you officer!

Please join us at my Re-election Fundraiser for Reno City Council - Ward 2. This Tuesday, Sept 27, 5:30 pm Atlantis Steakhouse - Club Room. I can promise great food and fun guests!

Early voting starts in less than 30 days. Even if you can't join in the festivities, please consider supporting the campaign in some way - a donation (any amount that works for you!), a sign, volunteer?

I am in office to solve problems, move our City forward and work for you 😘
I appreciate the wonderful support this season ❤️

#rsvp if possible
Naomi@votenaomi.com
#about me: www.votenaomi.com
#donate: votenaomi.com/donate
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Please join us at my Re-election Fundraiser for Reno City Council - Ward 2. This Tuesday, Sept 27, 5:30 pm Atlantis Steakhouse - Club Room. I can promise great food and fun guests!

Early voting starts in less than 30 days. Even if you cant join in the festivities,  please consider supporting the campaign in some way - a donation (any amount that works for you!), a sign, volunteer?  

I am in office to solve problems, move our City forward and work for you 😘 
I appreciate the wonderful support this season ❤️

#RSVP if possible
Naomi@votenaomi.com
#About me: www.votenaomi.com
#Donate: https://votenaomi.com/donate
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Please contact me anytime: naomi@votenaomi.com or (cell) 775-224-4740