Erika Ballou, a deputy public defender, may be best known for sparking a protest in 2016 when she was told by Judge Herndon to remove a small “Black Lives Matter” pin from her clothing during the sentencing of a client. Herndon said the pin amounted to political speech.
Ballou has raised no money and has no campaign expenses, according to her filing with the Secretary of State. She did not respond to requests for an interview.
Her opponent, Dan Gilliam has worked for the Clark County Public Defender, as a prosecutor for the City of Henderson, and most recently in private practice as a criminal defense attorney, according to his website. He’s raised $157,180 and has $17,508 on hand as of October 15.