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Doug Bruce wasn't the only controversial character to lose a primary last night. Nevada District Court Judge Elizabeth Halverson lost too. Who is Halverson? Check out this Governing article from a year ago (see the fourth item):
To say Halverson has been in the news quite a bit during her first months as a Clark County judge would be something of an understatement. In May, the county's chief judicial officer, Kathy A. Hardcastle, blocked Halverson from hearing criminal cases until a panel of three other judges could assess her competency. Hardcastle said there had been complaints about the new judge's courtroom practices and her "seemingly volatile, angry, paranoid and bizarre behavior toward staff." The chief judge briefly barred Halverson from the courthouse altogether after she came to court in May with two personal bodyguards. The state supreme court allowed Halverson to return to work--as long as she agreed to follow courthouse security protocols.
Why did Halverson think she needed a private security detail? Because her bailiff had been reassigned. He had filed a complaint with the county diversity office about demeaning treatment by the judge, saying she had acted like he was her "house boy" and demanded that he give her foot massages and back rubs.
Halverson only took 10% of the vote. She wasn't the only Nevada incumbent to lose though, as the Review-Journal reports:
It was a brutal night for incumbents Tuesday, as Nevada's primary election swept several legislators and judges clean out of office.
Three Republican lawmakers and two embattled Clark County judges lost their positions in the low-turnout contest as those voters who showed up -- the fewest of any election in at least 12 years -- appeared to prefer new blood.
Yet the biggest incumbent of all, state Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio of Reno, remained standing, pulling out a close Republican primary race against Sharron Angle, a former assemblywoman who mounted a challenge from the right.
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