Former Nevada State Senator Maurice Washington today officially announced his candidacy for Washoe County Commission in District 4 that encompasses the city of Sparks, Wadsworth and Spanish Springs much of which overlaps with his former Senate district.
“As I’ve been meeting with former and new constituents, business owners and civic leaders, it’s become clear to me that that the voters in Washoe County Commission District 4 want better representation and more leadership,” said Maurice Washington, former Nevada State Senator. “Washoe County voters continue to be concerned about the economy which is where my leadership and experience in economic and workforce development will play a significant role in strengthening and preparing our community for the future.”
A life-long Republican, Washington was first elected to the Nevada Senate in 1994. He served Senate District No. 2 from 1995 to 2009 which included nine special and eight regular legislative sessions. While in the Nevada legislature, Washington was an advocate for education reforms and promoted an educated workforce.
After fulfilling his service with the legislature, he served as the Deputy Director for the Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA) responsible for: administrative oversight for the agency’s fiscal and accounting services including budgeting, human resources and reporting. His leadership was tapped when conferring with county and local governance issues, guiding the agency in providing a service-oriented culture to its investor members.
Washington’s leadership and experience coupled with that of his team proved to be a valuable addition to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development contracting as a Regional Development Agency (RDA). They were able to generate $1.5 billion in economic growth over a four year period which produced approximately 5,000 new jobs. Currently, Washington is an economic development consultant assisting projects in the region.
As a Washoe County Commissioner, Washington will bring the same dedication to a local level and work with his peers to enhance community safety and promote economic and workforce development opportunities in and around the community.