organizations that prey on these candidates, making them believe that
their endorsements will get them the winning ticket in the election;
but sometimes one or more of those endorsements can really be an
obstacle to a candidate’s possibility to win that election.
Nowadays voters are not as easy to fool as they used to be; they only
believe half of what the candidate tells them — and even out of that
half, they question the motives and the reasons for the endorsements;
they measure the character of the candidates, weighing the possibility
of that candidate to be strong and stand on his/her own, or weak and
likely to be controlled by that organization, union or even the
political consultant/ manager/strategist in charge of obtaining the
endorsement for that candidate.
Las Vegas Tribune has emphasized in many articles during the years how
little the endorsements mean nowadays; this is particularly important
in the judicial races where the judges may be influenced by those
promising the endorsements because the life of a person may be at
Take for example the race for District Court Department 2 where four
candidates are hoping to take the seat after Judge Valarie Vega — who
is retiring at the end of her term — steps down after many years on
Out of the four candidates, all very qualified, one, John G. Watkins,
has 34 years practicing law in Nevada, is an honorable veteran and
former full bird colonel (06) with the Nevada National Guard Reserve,
but did not get the endorsement because he stands alone, has a mind of
his own and knows the law from inside out.
A family court candidate was not allowed to advertise in the Las Vegas
Tribune because her campaign manager has been a target of the
Another judge running for reelection in justice court told the Las
Vegas Tribune founder that she would be happy to be a guest on Face
The Tribune radio show and that she would have her Judicial Executive
Assistant call the office with the days she may be able to appear on
That judge, Diana Sullivan, who, by the way, was fully supported by
this newspaper in a previous election, never called and the newspaper
later learned that her campaign manager would not allow her to be a
guest on the show.
Another candidate in the same race, running against the incumbent, was
scheduled to appear on the radio show on February 11, but was told by
her boss that if she appears on the Face The Tribune radio show, she
would be fired. She was pressured by her boss, a friend of the
campaign manager and of the incumbent judge, not to appear on the
daily show making her a ghost candidate.
Las Vegas Tribune is writing a future article exposing these
candidates and judges as weak enough to be controlled by a single
campaign manager, a union boss or any other organization that offers
Another judge, Rob Bare, running for reelection with many years of
practicing law in Nevada and a veteran Army Jag Officer who attended
the endorsement process of a local organization while his challenger
was not present, was not endorsed either.
If they are weak enough to be controlled or manipulated by a single
campaign manager or a president of an organization just for a “lousy
endorsement,” they can be controlled and manipulated with their
decisions in a judicial process that could destroy the life and the
future of any defendant appearing before them as judges.
Voters nowadays are not that impressed with these endorsements and
they realize that the endorsements are nothing more than to please the
ego of the candidates and to be able to brag about how many unions or
organizations endorse them.
The best endorsement any candidate could have, if running for
reelection, is his or her actual record. If it is a new candidate, he
or she should stick to their campaign promises and make sure to
clearly spell out their political platform without attacking the other
candidates in the race, as well as acting professionally and ethically
on their own and during the entire race.
This is a very important race, especially the judicial race, due to
the fact that the next opportunity to elect another judge to the bench
would not be until 2020 and not before.
A telephone call to Judge Rob Bare to comment on this article was not
returned on time for publication; a call made to judicial candidate
John Watkins was successful and he confirmed what we have in this
article as regards this race.