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Cadish leads Tao in race for open Nevada Supreme Court seat

Updated June 12, 2018 - 9:30 pm

A District Court judge and a Nevada appellate court judge will square off in the general election for an open seat on the state Supreme Court in the November general election.

With 100 percent of precinct’s reporting from Tuesday’s primary vote, District Judge Elissa Cadish, who was first appointed to the bench in 2007, collected 36 percent of the vote, while Nevada Appeals Judge Jerry Tao earned 21 percent.

Cadish, 53, has served as a judge in Las Vegas since 2007.

“I think it looks good,” she said as early returns rolled in. “I expect to come out with the most votes at the end of the night, and I look forward to winning in November.”

Tao, 50, who was appointed in 2014 to the Nevada Court of Appeals, sat on the District Court bench from 2011 until he was appointed to the higher court. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

Tao and Cadish, a Clark County District Court judge, are vying to replace retiring Nevada Supreme Court Justice Michael Cherry.

Cadish said her fundraising “shows I do have broad support which goes beyond Clark County, and I think the voting tonight showed that as well.”

The race also had Las Vegas attorney Alan Lefebvre, Lyon County District Judge Leon Aberasturi and Carson City attorney John Rutledge, who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2014.

In the race for Supreme Court Seat G, appointed incumbent Justice Lidia Stiglich and Clark County Family Court Judge Mathew Harter appear likely to square off in November.

Abbi Silver, the chief judge on the state Court of Appeals, was the only candidate to file for the open District F seat to replace retiring justice Michael Douglas.

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