A prosecutor and Clark County hearing master are squaring off in a race for an open seat on the District Court bench.
The two candidates — former public defender Bita Yeager and deputy district attorney Jacob Villani — told the Review-Journal that they would take varying approaches to serving as judge.
Villani, who worked in a family construction business before attending law school, said he would be “tough on crime.
“I will be tough on criminals. There’s a difference between that and being fair to an accused criminal… I am victim focused.”
Yeager, who spent 18 years at the Clark County Public Defender’s office, said she supported treatment and rehabilitation for some defendants.
In 2015, Yeager was appointed as a Las Vegas justice of the peace, but lost a re-election bid the following year.
Yeager pointed to her 25 years of work as an attorney and vowed to implement “community-minded”