After a grueling process of the Mayor and Reno Council working through 74 applications, culminating in an hours long interview session of the top 6 that lasted into the night yesterday, it was my honor to be selected to serve out the remainder of the Reno Council At-Large position term, vacated by recently-elected Mayor Hillary Schieve.
Following the interviews, Council deliberations and decision, I tendered my resignation from the Nevada Assembly with the Governor via email. While I wasn’t able to have Finnegan and Luca there for the swearing in, I was so grateful to have my partner Julie at my side. As I write this, I have 51 (!) unanswered text messages on my phone, and hundreds of congratulatory emails and Facebook messages to respond to- so if yours is one… hang tight, I’ll connect with you soon!
While it made for a long evening, I was thrilled to be able to hit the ground running immediately following the swearing in and join my new colleagues in the assignment of members to the various boards and commissions. My own assignments will be sorted out at next Wednesday’s Council Meeting due to Open Meeting Law posting requirements, and I’m looking forward to diving into that work on behalf of all of my constituents.
What I was able to accomplish last night was to get the ball rolling on my first initiative: establishment of a liaison relationship between Reno and the Washoe County School District. Reno schools matter to Reno, and I believe the work my colleagues are already doing, supporting schools at events, service projects, etc., can be coordinated for maximum effect and benefit for our students. As a complement to this effort, the Mayor and Council can work to build even stronger relationships between supportive non-profits, businesses and our schools in Reno. While governance of our schools properly rests with the district and its elected school board members, our Mayor and Reno Council must seize the bully pulpit on behalf of our schools and students if we’re serious about building our quality of life and economic development strategy.
To that end, I’ve instructed city staff to investigate the possible parameters, mission and scope for this liaison relationship and to report back at a meeting in the near future. I look forward to providing further updates on this exciting project!
Thank you again for all of your support. Now comes the time to get to work. There’s lots more to do for Reno.