By Las Vegas Tribune staff
Several judicial races in Clark County ended as expected with the best candidates winning their respective positions, and even if what started out on many occasions, regarding the judicial races, to be mainly of interest to the legal community, we have to admit that Clark County voters have done a good job retaining and electing judges that are capable to administer justice to those who appear before them.
In Justice Court Department 1 Elana Lee Graham easily won the seat left vacant by Judge Deborah Lippis after twenty-five years on the bench; Judge Graham won the race against a wealthy local attorney, James Dean Leavitt, who at one time was the president of the Nevada Cannabis Laboratory Association (NVCLA) for the purpose of providing consistent analytical testing guidance for the cannabis industry in Nevada.
In District Court Department 29 Judge David Jones did not have any challenger; therefor retaining his job as judge in Department 29 in the Eighth Judicial District Court.
Mary Kay Holthus defeated Judge Mark B Bailus, who presided in Department 18 since 2017. She is a career prosecutor.
Tierra Jones is a former deputy Clark County district attorney who was appointed in April 2017 by Gov. Brian Sandoval to an open Clark County District Court seat vacated by Judge Jessie Walsh who retired. Judge Jones did not have any challenger.
The Nevada Supreme Court will stay mainly Liberal by the election of Judge Elissa Cadish over Appellate Court Judge Jerry Tao and retaining incumbent Justice Lidia Stiglich instead of electing Mathew Harter.
Appellate Court Judge Abbi Silver did not have a challenger and automatically become Justice Abbi Silver.