Judicial Candidates Compete for the Most Valuable Veteran Endorsement in Clark County, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada (March 11, 2014) – – – Veterans In Politics International, Inc. (VIPI), today announced that it has endorsed twenty five judicial candidates whom are running for Clark County District Court Judge Family, Criminal, Civil Divisions and the Las Vegas Township Justice of the Peace.

Endorsees include Richard Scotti, Judge Douglas Herndon, Judge Kerry Earley, Judge Carolyn Ellsworth, Judge Doug Smith, Judge Adriana Escobar, Judge Michael Villani, Justice of the Peace William Kephart, Judge Jerry Tao, Jacob Hafter, Judge Stefany Miley, Jim Crockett, Judge Kathleen Delaney, Judge Ron Israel, Judge Jerry Wiese, Michele Mercer, Judge Robert Teuton, Denise Gentile, Judge Art Ritchie, Judge Cheryl Moss, Judge Jennifer Elliot, Monti Levy, Judge Sandra Pomrenze, Maria Maskall, and Justice of the Peace Diana Sullivan.

No endorsements were made for Department 32, Department B, Department J, Department M, and Department S.

We interviewed Judicial Candidates for four days February 22nd, 23rd, March 1st and 2nd each interview had a moderator and the panel members changed for each day of the interviews.

The process was open to the public, tapped unedited, no questions are known until they are asked, no candidates are rubber stamped, and the panel member’s identities are not released until the day of the interviews.

No one is paid to be a part of this process, we do it for love of community and an effort to educate the public on the candidates running for office.

Thank you to all the candidates, panel members, VIPI members, and our sponsors Rhythm Kitchen Restaurant, Andre Lagomarsino-Nevada Attorney, and Real Water.

Nevada Attorney, Stephen Stubbs, Nevada State Assemblyman Andrew Martin, Las Vegas City Councilman Steven Ross, North Las Vegas City Councilman Isaac Baron and Tellis Napper DJ for Reign4 Ever moderated the endorsement interviews.

Interview panel members included Robert Lauer – US Army, Karen Steelmon – VIPI Auxiliary Director, Samira Knight-Nevada Attorney, Dina Romaya-Ladah – Nevada Attorney, George Assad – former Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge, Byron Brooks – US Army, Jason Brooks – US Marine, Forrest Darby – US Army, Lilly Babcock-VP Hispanics In Politics, Evon Dawood – Social Worker, Dr. Danielle Duperret, Cheryl Gardner-US Marine, Alicia Green- PR March of Dimes, Kim Bosley-Writer/Author, Jordana Carroll-Master of Science, Kofoworola Oso-MFT, Len Connell-Radio Host, Angie Morelli-US Marine, Patrick Llewellyn-US Army, Stuart Tener-US Navy, Paul Padda-Nevada Attorney, Robert Lueck-former Clark County District Court Judge, Martin Melendrez-Nevada Attorney, Dr. Richard Hawkins-Nevada Attorney, Laurel Fee-Journalist, Michael Lamb-US Marine, Tom Blanchard-President Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals, April Minjares-PR Las Vegas Tea Party, Jim Jonas-VIP Radio Host, Jamieson Ahearn-US Marine, Ed Cotton-Retired Colonel US Air Force, Michael Mazur-Nevada Attorney, William Brown-Nevada Attorney and George Chehade, Andre Haynes Camera and Invocation; Brian Bashant President of Fallen Not Forgotten was the door host.

“A Judges decision affects your life on a very personal level and sometimes for the rest of your life”

Our official Endorsements are below for each department with the videos of each endorsement. If you don’t agree with whom we have chosen to endorse, please educate yourself on the candidates.

VIPI is the only group in the State of Nevada that endorses candidates with this type of transparency.


Richard Scotti DEPARTMENT 2

Judge Douglas W. Herndon (Incumbent) DEPARTMENT 3

Judge Kerry Louise Earley (Incumbent) DEPARTMENT 4

Judge Carolyn Ellsworth (Incumbent) DEPARTMENT 5

Judge Doug Smith (Incumbent) DEPARTMENT 8

Judge Adriana Escobar (Incumbent) DEPARTMENT 14

Judge Michael Villani (Incumbent) DEPARTMENT 17

Justice of the Peace William “Bill” Kephart DEPARTMENT 19

Judge Jerry Tao (Incumbent) DEPARTMENT 20

Jacob Hafter DEPARTMENT 22

Judge Stefany A. Miley (Incumbent) DEPARTMENT 23

Jim Crockett DEPARTMENT 24

Judge Kathleen E. Delaney (Incumbent) DEPARTMENT 25

Judge Ron Israel (Incumbent) DEPARTMENT 28

Judge Jerry A. Wiese (Incumbent) DEPARTMENT 30

No Endorsement DEPARTMENT 32

Family Division

No Endorsement DEPARTMENT B

Michele “Shell” Mercer DEPARTMENT C

Judge Robert W. “Bob” Teuton (incumbent) DEPARTMENT D

Denise L. Gentile DEPARTMENT F

Judge Art Ritchie (incumbent) DEPARTMENT H

Judge Cheryl Moss (incumbent) DEPARTMENT I

No Endorsement DEPARTMENT J

Judge Jennifer L. Elliot (incumbent) DEPARTMENT L

No Endorsement DEPARTMENT M
No video (no candidate participation)

Monti Jordana Levy DEPARTMENT N

Judge Sandra L. Pomrenze (incumbent) DEPARTMENT P

No Endorsement DEPARTMENT S

Maria Maskall DEPARTMENT T

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace

Judge Diana L. Sullivan (incumbent) DEPARTMENT 12


Interview panel members are screened volunteers whom are strictly prohibited from receiving any consideration or advice from prospective political candidates seeking an endorsement from VIPI or their opponents each panel member signed a “Confidentiality Agreement” and at no time can discuss anything that has taking place during the time of voting.

Veterans In Politics International, Inc. established in 1993:

Mission: To educate, organize, and awaken our veterans and their families to select, support and intelligently vote for those candidates whom would help create a better world, to protect ourselves from our own government(s) in a culture of corruption, and to be the political voice for those in other groups who do not have one.

For more information contact Steve Sanson VIPI President 702 283 8088/ Karen Steelmon VIPI Auxiliary Director 702 238 5134 or visit www.veteransinpolitics.org.

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