A 58-year-old special investigator for the Nevada attorney general announced his candidacy Friday for East Fork Justice of the Peace.
Wayne Fazzino said he hoped to return the position to a nonattorney.
"Probably the strongest pull I have to run for JP is that the position is a lay position. The Legislature has deemed it so. We now have an attorney. It wasn't meant to be that in the beginning," Fazzino said.
The nonpartisan position is held by attorney Tom Perkins who was appointed in 2010 to fill the unexpired term of Judge Jim EnEarl who resigned.
Perkins, 60, also filed for election.
The deadline was Friday; filing opened Jan. 3.
Fazzino was one of nearly 40 applicants for the position following EnEarl's resignation in August 2010.
"The second reason I'm running is the vast amount of experience I've accumulated over the last 35 years in law enforcement," Fazzino said. "I was the Douglas County district attorney's first investigator, now I am a special investigator with the attorney general's office."
Fazzino said he has investigated white collar crime for several years.
"I have the ability to take complex financial criminal investigations and simplify the information. I have had the opportunity and I have the ability to deal with difficult people. I think I can read people very well," Fazzino said.
"I will provide a fair forum for people who come before the court," he said.
Fazzino has five years experience as a law enforcement officer.
"Somebody with a law enforcement background keeps people safe and law enforcement safe," Fazzino said.
"I see the court as being extremely conservative to protect the people," he said.
State law requires that the justice of the peace be at least 18 with a high school diploma or equivalent, eligible to vote, and a resident of East Fork Township for at least 30 days. Based on population, East Fork Township doesn't require a lawyer to be justice of the peace.
Fazzino said people he has talked with feel it's a right to have a nonlawyer in the position.
"They felt it was a right of theirs that was taken away," he said.
Fazzino said he filed the last day because he was out of town.
"I had every intention of filing all along," he said.
Fazzino and his wife, Debbie, are raising their 7-year-old granddaughter Jocelyn. They live in the Johnson Lane area.