Who is Jeanne Herman for Washoe District 5?

Jeanne Herman didn’t have any Republican challengers when she ran in 2018 to hold onto her seat as Washoe County commissioner in District 5.

Perhaps after the attention received from proposing a controversial election overhaul with a return to paper ballots, hand counting results and a law enforcement presence at voting sites, Herman faces two GOP opponents this time around: Wendy Leonard and Richard Molezzo.

The primary winner will move onto the general election in November, when voters will also be able to consider Democrat Edwin Lyngar and nonpartisan Krysta Jackson.

District 5 is the largest of the commission districts, encompassing 89 percent of the county. It’s mostly rural but also includes Somersett and the ever-growing North Valleys.

When asked how to pronounce her first name, Herman said that “Jean” and “Jeannie” are each correct and that she’s been answering to both her whole life.

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