All candidates for Reno Municipal Court Department 3 in Nevada complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Reno Municipal Court Department 3 in Nevada — Justin Champagne and Pete Sferrazza — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

According to the city website, the Reno Municipal Courts’ mission is to “impartially adjudicate misdemeanors and code violations; to provide supervised rehabilitation for those needing treatment; and to operate our Court cost-effectively, providing safety and equal access to all while maintaining the integrity and independence of the judiciary, and the respect and confidence of those who come before the Court.” 

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            


  • “We can keep Reno safe by using an intelligent approach to criminal justice that combines incarceration with treatment for mental health and addiction problems.”
  • “Offering offenders help at the municipal court level will help keep them out of higher level courts and keep people out of prison.”
  • “I have the combination of knowledge, dedication and vast experience to be a great judge for the City of Reno.”


  • “I believe I have a constitutional duty to insure the safety of our community with equal Justice for all.”
  • “I am proud to be the only candidate endorsed by the Reno police protective association, Washoe County Sheriff Deputies, School Police and Reno Firefighters.”
  • “The Municipal Court‘s most important function is judging issues dealing with misdemeanors including DUIs and domestic violence cases. As a Reno Justice of the Peace I presided over the DUI and the domestic battery Courts.”

Click on the candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

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City elections in Reno, Nevada, 2022