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District judge first to file for elected office

District Judge Tom Gregory is the first person to file for office in 2016 on Monday.
Kurt Hildebrand |

It was not only the first election filing for 2016, but District Judge Thomas Gregory’s first time filing for elected office.

Gregory filed for election Monday to the position he was appointed to in March 2015.

“It’s exciting to be part of the American system of government by coming down and putting my name in,” he said.

Gregory’s is the only Douglas County judicial seat up for election this year.

Gregory is a Genoa resident, and the only Douglas County resident of the three finalists for the position.

Before becoming a judge, he worked for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office for eight years. He was promoted to chief deputy district attorney in the criminal division in 2009.

Gregory, a native Nevadan, was in private practice for four years in Reno. He served as a deputy district attorney in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 2003. He also served in the White Pine County District Attorney’s Office. Gregory clerked for district judges Tom Perkins and Michael Gibbons.

He is a 1987 graduate of Douglas High School and a 1991 graduate of the University of the Pacific. He graduated from McGeorge School of Law in 1994. During law school he worked for Noel Manoukian his first summer and for U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben in the second.

He must seek election again in four years.

Filing for judicial candidates continues through Jan. 15. Gregory’s predecessor, Gibbons, also filed to retain his seat on Monday.

Helping Gregory file on Monday was another appointee, who faces election this year.

Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lewis’ seat comes up for election this year after she was appointed by Douglas County commissioners to replace Ted Thran, who resigned in 2014.

That position is also up for election again in 2018.

The filing fee is $100 and candidates must bring proof of residence with them.