LAS VEGAS – Judge Cedric Kerns, the only Filipino-American running for elective office in Las Vegas in 2011, kicks-off his fourth run for Las Vegas Municipal Court, Department 5 since 1997. In 2000, he had run unopposed, sealed his subsequent re-election campaigns with landslide victories, and garnered topnotch reviews from the critical Las Vegas Review Journal’s survey of Judges Performance ear-after-year since he got elected to the bench.
Recently, Judge Cedric Kerns was commended by Law Enforcement, LVRJ and other sectors for spearheading the Youth Offender Court, his special project for drug addicts where they are helped and required to undergo a year-long rehab and drug treatment under, the supervision of the court and their families in the recovery process. “Involving the families in the drug addict’s rehab stage is primordial in the success of the recovering addict,” according to Judge Kerns.
To ensure that the families understand the process, the court provides training and counseling for family members to understand what goes on in the minds of the addicts. For this initiative, Judge Kerns has earned commendations and respect from families who had been helped, and addicts who had since recovered and off-drugs, and law enforcement foe easing up their own case loads.
Spread on this page are photos taken of Judge Kerns 2011 kick-off campaign at the Italian-American Club in Las Vegas. Aides and supporters of Judge Kerns from all spectrum of society hope that this year, he will again run unopposed. So far, no other opponent has thrown his/her hat yet into the political arena, and that augurs well for the judgeâ€™s smooth sailing this year.Â (Text/Photos: Zen S. Laluna)