District Court Judge Valorie J. Vega today announced she will not file to seek re-election next year to Department 2. She will finish out her current term, which expires in January 2015. Judge Vega will leave the seat open for the voters to decide her successor.

“After careful and thorough consideration, I determined that it was time to take on new personal and professional challenges,” said Judge Vega. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 25-year tenure as a jurist, a position that allowed me to achieve my goal to serve the public. I am most appreciative of the voters’ support and I wish to thank my colleagues and my staff for their dedication, professionalism and assistance during my career in public service. During my time on the bench, I have seen the court make great strides to ensure that justice is served in our community and I am honored and proud to be part of that. As I take this step, I look forward to meeting new challenges and opportunities.”

Judge Vega was appointed to Department 2 of the Eighth Judicial District Court in March of 1999, by then Governor Kenny Guinn. Since that appointment, she has presided over 293 trials and been retained and re-elected by the voters in the 2000, 2002 and 2008 elections. Judge Vega has served the community for more that 32 years, including prior posts as a Las Vegas Municipal Court judge, Clark County Deputy District Attorney, a judicial law clerk and as the supervisor of court interpreters. Judge Vega has also served in many community organizations and has received numerous awards and honors for her work.