Seven new judges chosen

Fourteen lawyers contended in the general election for seven new District Court judgeships created by the Legislature to handle civil cases that have overwhelmed Clark County’s justice system in recent years.

Two of the races were almost too close to call most of the night, but with 100 percent of precincts reporting the winners became apparent.

In the Department 30 race, the vote was almost evenly split, with private attorney Jerry Wiese, 43, showing a slight lead of 50.1 percent over opponent Michael Davidson, 56, a former Clark County prosecutor, at 49.9 percent.

The Department 31 race also was close , with Joanna Kishner, 46, netting 50.4 percent of the vote to the 49.6 percent garnered by opponent Phil Dabney, 51. In the contentious campaign, the two civil attorneys accused each other of unethical election practices.

The Department 26 race went to Gloria Sturman, 53, a private attorney who garnered 60 percent of the vote. Sturman was opposed by perennial judicial candidate Bruce Gale, 55, an attorney who received 40 percent of the vote.

In the Department 27 race, attorney Nancy Allf, 53, rose above opponent Blaine Beckstead, who did not openly campaign during the race. Allf won 70 percent of the vote. Beckstead received 30 percent of the vote.

The Department 28 race was won by another perennial judicial candidate, attorney Ron Israel, who snagged 54 percent of the vote. Israel, 56, defeated attorney Jack Howard, 62, who received 46 percent of the vote.

In the Department 29 race attorney Susan Scann, 64, edged out opponent, Ken Pollock, 45, who currently is a Family Court judge. Scann received 57 percent of the vote. Pollock, who will retain his Family Court judgeship, received 43 percent of the vote.

The Department 32 race went to Rob Bare, 46, who garnered 54 percent of the vote. His opponent Ellen Stoebling, 40, received 46 percent of the vote.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at or 702-380-1039.

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