Just before midnight Tuesday, the Las Vegas Municipal election results were in and the results proved that the Las Vegas constituents are getting smarter and that regardless of what anyone tries to do to keep control, the good guys stay in office or in the race for the general elections.
In the City Council race for Ward 2, Bob Beers, an accountant and former Nevada Legislator, was first elected to the city council in a 2012 special election as he explained during one of the several appearances on the popular local radio show Face The Tribune with Chris Garcia and Rolando Larraz; he was later elected to his first full term in the 2013 city election.
The Badlands issue before city council meetings played a role in this Ward 2 race and Beers estimated that powerful gaming and political people involved in the Badlands were “entirely responsible” for the way the race played out, Beers said during another appearance on Face The Tribune, adding that angry, wealthy Queensridge residents funded two campaigns against him.
Ward 4 Councilman Stavros Anthony walked back to City Hall after gathering seventy percent of the votes in Tuesday’s primary election, where the candidate that gets more than fifty percent of the votes is considered the winner and does not have to go to the general election.
A retired captain — with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department — turned-politician is one of those one-on-one elected officials that the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper kept talking about all year ‘round and most likely he will be following the same pattern in his last term in office.
In the crowded Ward 6, former Nevada Legislator Michele Fiore has the lead to continue to the general election with the higher amount of votes (46, 000) over the other candidate that follows her with 15,000 fewer votes, yet keeping both candidates in the running for the general election.
In the judicial race Department 3, a newcomer, Cara Campbell, gave the incumbent a run for her money by stopping her from gaining the fifty plus one needed to win the election at the primary level. It was a tied race.
Cara Campbell, a twenty-year veteran of the District Attorney’s office as a chief deputy district attorney for Clark County, has 36 percent of the vote, but beat out her opponent almost four to one in money-raising, at $96,000 compared to her opponent’s $24,000.
Cara Campbell, a native Las Vegan, graduated from Clark High School, has never run for any political office and many wonder how she could raise almost four times as much money than her opponent, who had money-raising experience.
The Municipal Court Department Five was no surprise to anyone. Chief Judge Cedric Kerns won the election outright after gathering 59 percent of the votes.
Chief Judge Cedric Kerns won the election because of his hard work, his dedication, and his interest in the youngsters of our community; his tenacity and hard work make him a strong but fair judge.
In a late night telephone conversation with the Las Vegas Tribune, Chief Judge Kerns thanked everyone that had anything to do with this race and assured us that he would “never let anyone down”; he sounded tired but happy.
Chief Judge Kerns is a member of the American Judges Association, where he has served as delegate and governor representing the state of Nevada. He is also a member of the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors, as well as the President for the year 2005. Chief Judge Kerns was chosen as Outstanding Judge of the Year for 2006 by the Nevada Judges Association.
Because of his work on the bench, Chief Judge Kerns received the “2009 Community Partner Award” from the Foundation for Recovery. In 2013, he received the “Visionary Award” from the community counseling center for his work with families in the Youth Offender court. Also in 2013, the Nevada Supreme Court recognized Chief Judge Kerns with the “Legacy of Justice Award,” making him the first limited jurisdiction judge to receive this recognition. The award is given to a person in the judicial system whose contributions, innovations and achievements resulted in significant improvements to the judicial system. In 2016, Chief Judge Kerns became the recipient of the Foundation for Recovery’s “Brick” award, the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation.
Chief Judge Kerns started working with specialty courts in 2004 with his development and implementation of the specialized H.O.P.E. Court that focuses on habitual offenders.
Currently, Chief Judge Kerns is the presiding judge over Las Vegas Municipal Court’s Young Offender Court. This is a specialized court that he created, which focuses on offenders between the ages of 18 and 24, and their families, who find their way into the court system while suffering with addiction issues.
Chief Judge Kerns is married to Rebecca and has four children.