Dual newspaper endorsements still not enough


Dual endorsements from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun didn't guarantee victory for nonpartisan judicial candidates in Clark County as I had predicted, but it was better than a stick in the eye.

Out of 21 races where the newspaper endorsements were in sync, only four endorsed candidates lost.

In District Court, eight with dual endorsements won and one lost.

In Family Court — the court I stressed was so important to people — dual endorsements went to six winners but the voters chose three others who hadn't been endorsed.

In District Court, both newspapers endorsed Elissa Cadish in Department 6, Linda Marie Bell in Department 7, Doug Smith in Department 8, Bill Kephart in Department 10, Michelle Leavitt in Department 12, Donald Mosley in Department 14, Michael Villani in Department 17, Susan Johnson in Department 22 and Kathleen Delaney in Department 25.

Kephart, a prosecutor, lost to incumbent Jessie Walsh.

In Family Court, both newspapers endorsed Cynthia "Dianne" Steel in Department 6, Greta Muirhead in Department I, Kenneth Pollock in Department J, Vincent Ochoa in Department K, Jennifer Elliott in Department L, Mathew Harter in Department N, Frank Sullivan in Department O, Bryce Duckworth in Department Q and Chuck Hoskin in Department R.

Muirhead lost to incumbent Cheryl Moss, Ochoa lost to Cynthia Giuliani and Hoskin lost to perennial judicial candidate Bill Henderson.
 
In the Justice of the Peace races, the newspapers endorsed David Gibson Sr. in Henderson Department 3, Diana Sullivan in Las Vegas Department 12 and Chris Lee in North Las Vegas Department 3.

They were three for three when it came to JP races.

So while it was no grand slam, it wasn’t a bad thing to be able to say both newspapers gave you the nod.