Hardesty To Seek Seat On High Court

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Washoe District Judge James W. Hardesty has announced his candidacy for the Nevada Supreme Court.

Hardesty, 54, said Thursday he is running for the seat being vacated by retiring Chief Justice Miriam Shearing.

"I'd like to offer my work ethic, my legal experience, my administrative skills and my vision for Nevada judiciary to my fellow citizens of this state," he said.

Clark County District Judge Michael Douglas and Clark County Family Court Judge Cynthia Dianne Steel also have announced their intentions to seek the open seat, which carries a six-year term.

A native Nevadan, Hardesty has practiced law since 1975.

He was elected to Washoe District Court in 1998 to serve four years remaining in the term of Judge Mills Lane, who retired.

Hardesty was re-elected in 2002 to a six-year term. His fellow judges elected him chief judge in 2001 and re-elected him to that post last year.