RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The 2018 race for Reno mayor is getting less crowded even before the June primary. After announcing in April 2017 that he would run, Reno casino executive Brandon Siri has announced he will not run to replace Hillary Schieve, who is closing her first term with a run for re-election.
Siri, an executive with Club Cal Neva and Siri's casinos in downtown Reno, released this statement:
“My exploratory campaign for Reno Mayor 2018 has ended. I plan to defer my campaign to a future election. I have decided the best path forward is to work with candidates who currently share my vision. I have met with two of them this past year, Mayor Hillary Schieve and Eddie Lorton, to discuss Reno. While I appreciate the kindness and service of Mayor Schieve, Mr. Lorton’s values and interests are much closer to what my campaign was about. I believe that Mr. Lorton has his thumb on the pulse of the Reno economy and understands what businesses in our community need to thrive. I encourage all voters to look up Mr. Lorton and learn more about his mission and beliefs.
“Whoever wins, I hope that they will fix the disfunction at City Hall, increase police numbers and community safety, crackdown on drug dealers and substance abuse, work with Washoe County to address the rising homeless situation, and get smarter about the City’s assets and budget.
“In closing, new fresh ideas are the way forward, but we cannot forget Reno’s roots in the process. Common sense politics is what we need right now – not politicians. We need a City Council who are not puppets to special interest groups and who understand and abide by the letter of the law.”
In addition to Schieve and Lorton, Brian Lee Fleming has filed to run.
ORIGINAL CAMPAIGN STATEMENT: “It is with great enthusiasm and excitement to announce that I am running for Reno Mayor. I am grateful for the early support I have received from family and friends, and optimistic and energized by the outpouring of support I am receiving from the business community. This will be a historic election as Reno turns 150 years old, and will be pivotal in determining the future of Reno.
“My campaign exists to see a fundamental shift in the city management of Reno. Proactive leadership with a focus on safe communities, economic development, affordable housing, and smart stewardship of resources. My campaign is a community lead effort to get Reno on the right track."
Siri is a 4th generation Reno resident. This was to be his first time running for office.