The Douglas County judicial selection commission has forwarded three finalists to Gov. Brian Sandoval as possible replacements for retiring District Court Judge Dave Gamble.
The obvious choice is James Hales, a local attorney. Mr. Hales is a conservative Republican, as are the majority of this county's residents. Hales' views would be in alignment with the community he would be serving.
Finalist Tod Young is a very skilled defense lawyer whose courtroom excuses for his clients' criminal behavior have made for some great reading, but don't bode well for the kind of law and order approach a judge should take these days.
Finalist Marc Picker may be a fine man, but he's not from around here. Mr. Picker lives in Reno. Gov. Sandoval should select Jim Hales as the next district court judge for our county.