Former Douglas County prosecutor Laurie Trotter was the first judicial candidate to file for East Fork Justice of the Peace.
“Northern Nevada has been my home for more than two decades,” said the six-year Douglas County resident. “My top priorities if I’m elected will be protecting the safety of Douglas County’s citizens, and zealously guarding the Constitutional rights of all those who come before the court.”
Trotter has served for five years as a senior deputy attorney general for Nevada’s Fraud Control Unit, prosecuting insurance fraud and appearing in courtrooms across Northern Nevada. She previously garnered experience with civil matters as a solo practitioner.
Trotter said her roots in Douglas County run deep.
Following a clerkship with the Nevada Supreme Court, Trotter spent six years with the Douglas County District Attorney’s office as a criminal prosecutor.
“I handled a wide variety of criminal cases there,” Trotter said, “from simple misdemeanors and traffic offenses to complex cases involving fraud, trafficking in illegal narcotics, and crimes of violence such as domestic violence and murder.”
That experience underscored the difficulties victims can experience in the court system and the need to diligently protect victims’ rights, she said.
“I’m part of a law enforcement family,” she said. “It is important for a judge to not only uphold the law, but also to exercise the discretion they’re vested with to help keep the community safe.”
Trotter is active with her Minden-based church, and volunteers as a home-school teacher in her neighborhood, helping children develop critical thinking skills to enable them to make sound and independent decisions. In her spare time, she also enjoys horse-back riding with friends.
“Douglas County’s citizens are warm and friendly, and I share the rural values that help make this community a safe and enjoyable place to live and work,” said Trotter. “Our local law enforcement team has been exemplary, and our crime and safety statistics are proof of that. As one of the county’s two Justice Court judges, it would be my honor and privilege to keep our standards high and continue the commendable results this community deserves and expects.”