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 was ready to return to my college at the end of my visit, but was so taken with Nevada, I was determined to stay. Since I was a geology major, I asked for a meeting with the Dean of the School of Mines at UNR about a late admission. 

 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.

The Dean took a chance on me. Over the years, I’ve built a very successful business here, together with my husband, Herb of 30 years. 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.

Why I’m running for Nevada State Senate:
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.

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.

While in office, I started ReLEAF Reno, a program to double the trees in Reno, and the Pesticide-Free Parks project, and am a solar, geothermal and recycling advocate. I am an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and host bees.

I’m currently the Vice Mayor of Reno and serving my third and final term on the Reno City Council. I’m in office to serve you-period. You matter to me! Residents call me the “do-er.” 

Now, I’m running for the Nevada State Senate to continue doing the work Northern Nevadans deserve. I’m committed to protecting women’s health rights, fighting for affordable housing and rent stabilization for our vulnerable populations like seniors and Veterans and addressing Nevada’s climate challenges. Reno is the fastest-warming city in America and Las Vegas is second. We need real solutions… now.

Appointments 

  • Western Regional Water Commission – Chair
  • Washoe County Debt Management CommissionChair
  • Washoe County Animal Advisory BoardChair
  • Truckee Meadows Water Authority – Vice Chair
  • North Valleys Water Subcommittee – Chair
  • Truckee River Flood Management Authority
  • Regional Planning Governing Board – Former Chair
  • Ward 2 Neighborhood Advisory Board – Liaison
  • Urban Forestry Commission – Liaison
  • Historical Resources Commission – Liaison
  • Western Nevada Development District –– Past President.  WNDD is a 50-member, 8-county Economic Development organization, responsible for building infrastructure, job training and expanding broadband
  • UNR – Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering Advisory Board
  • UNR – Masters in Public Administration Advisory Council

Recognition

2020 — Golden Pinecone Award for ReLeaf Reno – Nevada’s Top Environmental Award, GreenUp!

2019 — Sierra Nevada Powerful Woman – Finalist, Northern Nevada Business 

2018 — Leadership Award for Jack Tighe Baseball Park Reno Continental Little League

2016 — Women in Leadership – Finalist, Girl Scouts of Northern Nevada 

2000 — Golden Pinecone Award for Nevada State Water Plan

2000 — Most Notable Government Document in US for Nevada State Water Plan, National Association of State Legislators

Please contact me at any time. naomi@votenaomi.com or (calls only) 775-224-4740