EDWIN LYNGAR, FORMER CANDIDATE FOR WASHOE COUNTY COMMISSION
Ed received a bachelor’s degree while on active duty and left the military to pursue public relations in the high-tech industry for several years in the Bay Area. During the dotcom bust, Edwin returned home to Nevada to serve as a law enforcement public information officer at the Nevada Department of Wildlife in Reno.
At wildlife, Ed created the state boating education program, personally winning the National Educator of the Year award in 2014. As a law enforcement PIO, Edwin promoted Nevada’s vast outdoors and created programs aimed at reducing poaching in the state. His work with NDOW took him to every corner of Nevada’s vast rural areas.
While at NDOW, Edwin returned to graduate school at night, earning an MA in English from UNR in 2006, followed by an MFA in creative writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. After completing his writing degrees, Edwin embarked on his freelance writing career, starting as a monthly columnist for Salon.com where several of his essays went viral. Many of his essays explored his transition from young libertarian to a pragmatic progressive.
Ed grew up in Battle Mountain, Nevada. After high school, he joined the Army National Guard, transferring to active duty a year later in the U.S. Coast Guard where he was first a mechanic and then a public information officer (PIO) and military journalist. He wrote for Coast Guard Magazine.
In 2017, Edwin left NDOW to pursue writing and teaching full time, penning a biweekly column for the Reno Gazette Journal and occasional essays for national outlets like CNN while teaching English at Truckee Meadows Community College.
In his spare time, Edwin took up yoga in 2017 to improve his health. Edwin earned his 200-hour teaching certificate in 2020. With his knowledge of Reno and the business community, Edwin opened a yoga studio in Northwest Reno just last year, and it has become a thriving small business.
He is married to higher education administrator Joy Lyngar, and they have a blended family of five children, two of whom still live at home in Northwest Reno. They have two pugs and enjoy camping trips around rural Nevada.
A History of Service
Edwin Lyngar joined the Army National Guard three days after high school and transferred into the Coast Guard a year later where he served seven years on active duty. He then spent another 15 years working in law enforcement as a public information officer at the Nevada Department of Wildlife, promoting boating safety, wildlife protection and teaching communications to law enforcement officers across the entire state.
Ed is a member of the Democratic Party who believes in service to his country and community. A lot of people talk about America in abstractions or casually question the patriotism of others. This division must end. We are all Americans. Ed has a history of service to his country and community, and he will bring his proven experience and commitment to the County Commission.