“No opponents!” Douglas County District Judge Michael Gibbons announced a few minutes past 5 p.m. Friday.
Gibbons and District Judge Tod Young survived the judicial filing period without an opponent.
“It’s a good feeling,” Gibbons said as well-wishers congratulated the judges at a gathering at Minden Food Co. “When you’re in office for a long time, sometimes you make someone mad, and that’s enough.”
Gibbons last faced an opponent for his seat when Robert Storey challenged him in 1996.
Young said he’s enjoyed his year in robes and looks forward to the next six.
“I had some opponents in the selection process, and I didn’t want to discount them,” he said. “I feel privileged to serve and privileged that the people of Douglas County let me serve. This is the best job I’ve ever had.”
The judges filed together on Jan. 6, and on Friday they both were essentially elected to six-year terms.
Gibbons’ brother Mark, who is chief justice of the Nevada Supreme Court, is also is without an opponent this year.
Young was appointed and took his seat in January 2013. Gibbons has served on the Douglas bench since 1994.
The next milestone in the 2014 campaign is the opening of filing for nonjudicial offices on March 3-14.
Douglas County is home to 38 different elected boards, each of which has at least two and possibly more seats up for election. That doesn’t include one federal and eight state races that will appear on the November ballot.
Countywide races include two county commission, three school board seats and the offices of assessor, clerk-treasurer, district attorney, public administrator, sheriff and recorder.
Depending on how many people file, some of those races could appear on the June 6 primary ballot. Nevada has a closed primary, which means partisan races will only appear on that party’s ballot if there are two or more candidates in the party, and a challenger from any other party.
If three or more candidates file in a nonpartisan office, those races will appear on all parties’ primary election ballots.
Otherwise they go to the general election.