Source: Lombardo to appoint Clara Andriola to vacant Washoe Commission seat

5 April 2023

A source with knowledge of Gov. Joe Lombardo’s plans told The Nevada Independent Wednesday that Lombardo will appoint Reno Rodeo Foundation Executive Director Clara Andriola to the vacant Washoe County Commission District 4 seat.

The seat was previously held by Republican Vaughn Hartung, who resigned from the office on March 15 to take a position as chair of the board of the Nevada Transportation Authority, which regulates taxis and other passenger transportation services. Under Nevada law, Hartung’s position needed to be filled by appointment by Lombardo, who must select a person of the same political party to take the seat.

Andriola, a Republican, has lived in Reno for more than three decades. Before her time with the Reno Rodeo Foundation, she was a small business owner involved with the Associated Builders and Contractors Nevada Chapter. 

After her time in business, Andriola shifted her focus to nonprofit work, becoming the regional CEO of the American Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter. 

In 2015, she became the executive director for the Reno Rodeo Foundation, an organization founded by the Reno Rodeo Association as a way to formally give a portion of the annual Reno Rodeo’s proceeds back to the community through college scholarships, capital improvement projects and the Reno Rodeo Denim Drive, among other projects. 

Andriola works directly with Reno Rodeo Association volunteers, known as Team 355, who work on those initiatives throughout the year. 

Andriola will serve as one of three Republicans on the five-seat commission and will represent a district covering Sparks and Spanish Springs. The formal announcement of Andriola’s appointment is expected to take place Wednesday afternoon.

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