Judicial races: O’Malley, Bixler not seeking re-election; Goodman files

CARSON CITY — Two more Clark County district judges, Gloria O’Malley and James Bixler, have decided against filing for re-election to new six-year terms, aides said Tuesday.

That brings to four the number of judges in the 52-member Eighth Judicial District Court who will not be on ballots this year. Judges Valorie Vega and Allan Earl also announced their retirements from the bench.

Filing by judges for this year’s election opened Monday. Almost every incumbent in the county filed out papers to run again on the first day. Candidates have until 5 p.m. Jan. 17 to decide whether to seek judicial offices.

The only District Court incumbents in the county who have not yet filed for re-election are Jessie Walsh and Steve Jones.

An aide to Walsh said she has been stuck in the East because of flight cancellations due to the heavy winter storm, but intends to file for re-election once she returns.

Lawyers for suspended Judge Jones did not return calls seeking information about whether he will seek re-election.

The Commission on Judicial Discipline recently found Jones violated judicial ethics for handling cases involving his girlfriend, former Deputy District Attorney Lisa Willardson. She was found dead Dec. 26 in her Henderson home. Jones drew a 30 percent retention score in the Review-Journal’s poll of Clark County lawyers. That was the lowest score of any judge.

Only one new candidate filed Tuesday for a county judicial office.

Incumbent Eric Goodman filed for re-election to justice of the peace in Las Vegas Township, Department 11. Goodman is the son of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. He suffered unexplained head injuries in a Las Vegas park three weeks ago.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at evogel@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3901. Follow him on Twitter at @edison vogel.