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Nevada Supreme Court justices set to file for re-election

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Steve Marcus

Nevada Supreme Court Justice Mark Gibbons makes a rare appearance on the bench Aug. 7, 2009, at District Court, sitting in for Judge Mark Denton.

Chief Justice Mark Gibbons and Justice Kristina Pickering both plan to file for re-election to the Nevada Supreme Court on Monday, the opening day for judicial candidates to submit their candidacies.

Gibbons is seeking a third six-year term and Pickering is asking for a second term on the state's highest court. Gibbons becomes chief justice of the seven-member court Monday, taking over from Pickering.

The Nevada Constitution says only justices in the last two years of their term are eligible to be chief justice. Pickering served the first year and Gibbons will be chief justice for 2014.

Gibbons was unopposed in his first election in 2002 and then defeated Frank Thomas Christensen 54.8 percent to 25 percent with 19.9 percent voting for neither of the candidates in 2008.

Pickering won her first term in 2008, defeating Deborah Schumacher 41.9 percent to 39 percent with 18.5 percent voting for neither of the candidates.

Gibbons was a district judge in Clark County prior to his election to the Supreme Court. Pickering was in private practice handling civil litigation in both Reno and Las Vegas prior to her election.

So far, no one else has announced for the Supreme Court. The two judges have scheduled appointments to submit their candidacies in the Secretary of State's office.

Also setting up appointments for Monday are District Judges Todd Russell and James Wilson, both of Carson City.

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