Intro by Mike Van Houten...

The 2014 elections are just around the corner if you go by the political calendar, and the primaries are just 8 weeks away or so. The reality has set in that we have 20 candidates for what is undeniably the most important political race during one of Reno's most crucial moments in history. As we slowly rise out of the ashes of the worst real estate crash and recession to hit Reno in my lifetime, the next mayor will be the face and leader of this city and, as guest blogger Abbi Whitaker so eloquently puts it in this guest piece, help push Reno over the hill to success, or pull it back to failure.

Click the read more button to check out her great piece on what makes a great mayor. This election is so crucially important.

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