NM District Offices

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Candidates for Statewide New Mexico Offices

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STATE, DISTRICT AND COUNTY CANDIDATES: A candidate must be a registered voter in New Mexico affiliated with the political party for which he/she is seeking office. A candidate for district office must reside in the district of voter registration. Additional requirements for each office are given on the following pages.



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Candidates for
Public Regulation Commission (PRC)

PRC districts in Central New Mexico area

Elected by district for staggered four-year term. Districts 1 and 3 are up for election. Must be at least eighteen years old, a citizen of the United States, and must reside in the district he/she represents. The Public Regulation Commission is charged with regulating public utilities, telecommunications companies, and insurance companies to the extent necessary to provide just and reasonable rates and to assure reasonable, adequate and efficient service for the public. In addition, the Commission is charged with the duties of assuring pipeline and fire safety and with the registration of corporations and compliance with applicable laws. Salary: $90,000 per year.


District 1

Cynthia B. Hall

Democrat

Unopposed



District 3

Valerie L. Espinoza

Democrat

Unopposed



Candidates for
Public Education Commission (PEC)

PEC districts in Central New Mexico area

The Public Education Commission was formed as a result of the passage of Constitutional Amendment #1 passed by the voters in a special election in September 2003. The Public Education Commission consists of 10 elected members, whose role is advisory to the Secretary of Education. Members authorize and monitor all state-chartered charter schools in New Mexico, with authority to revoke charters. They serve four-year staggered terms. Must be at least eighteen years of age, must be a United States citizen and must reside in the district he/she represents. $95/day per diem


District 1

Ricardo Caballero

Democrat

Unopposed



District 4

Karyl Ann Armbruster

Democrat

Unopposed



District 9

Trish Ruiz

Democrat

Write-in - Unopposed



Candidates for
District Court Judge - Partisan

New Mexico Judicial Districts

There are thirteen district court districts in New Mexico. These courts hold jury trials for these types of cases: contract, real property rights, estate contests, and torts. District courts generally have exclusive jurisdiction over appeals concerning domestic relations, mental health, administrative agencies, lower court decisions, criminal cases, and juvenile jurisdiction. The 2nd Judicial District (Bernalillo County) only deals with felony DWI cases and felony domestic violence cases.

Judicial vacancies in New Mexico are filled through gubernatorial appointment from a slate of potential nominees submitted by a judicial nominating committee. The newly-appointed judge must then run in a contested, partisan election at the next general election. Thereafter, the judge runs in nonpartisan retention elections. To be retained, a judge must receive at least 57% in affirmative votes cast in the retention election.

Six-year term. Must be at least thirty-five years old, been engaged in actual practice of law for at least six years preceding assumption of office, and must be a resident of the district from which elected. Salary: $118,384 annually.



Second Judicial District
(comprised of Bernalillo County)


Division 9

David N. Williams

David N. Williams

Republican

1. What attributes and experience would you bring to your service as a Judge of the District Court? (75 words)

When I became a district judge, I had extensive experience in criminal law, primarily as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. I have conducted more than 200 jury trials and briefed and argued many more in courts of appeal. I have been a military judge, a combat infantryman, and a school teacher. Since becoming a judge, I have successfully managed a lengthy docket. My attributes include intelligence, sound legal analysis, and firm and prompt decision making.

2. What ethical practices are critical to keep the judiciary independent? (75 words)

Openness is the most critical. Court proceedings must be open to the public except in very rare instances. Judges must not use social media in any way that might show bias or partiality toward any litigant or potential litigant. They must avoid all ex parte communications. They must not make any public comment concerning any pending case. Public confidence in the judiciary requires that its members maintain the highest standards of professionalism at all times.

3. What programs or changes would you support to speed up the processing of cases, including DWI and domestic violence, to ensure more cases are heard on their merits and not dismissed before trial? (75 words)

The majority of domestic violence and DWI cases are handled in the Metropolitan Court, rather than the District Court. When those cases reach the District Court, judges should set a specific deadline for pre-trial proceedings, and set the cases for trial on a specific date or trial week. They should grant continuances rarely, and only for specific trial-related reasons.

Cindy Leos

Cindy Leos

Democrat

1. What attributes and experience would you bring to your service as a Judge of the District Court? (75 words)

Almost every single day of my 14-year legal career has been spent in the courtroom. As a litigator, I have represented CYFD on child abuse/neglect cases and I have represented people charged with criminal offenses as a Public Defender. I have worked on both as a “prosecutor” with CYFD and a defense attorney trying hundreds of bench trials and over 20 felony jury trials.

2. What ethical practices are critical to keep the judiciary independent? (75 words)

It is the responsibility of a judge, both personally and professionally, to be impartial, to avoid impropriety, the appearance of impropriety and to uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary. A judge must make decisions based on the law and should not concern themselves in any way with political or media pressures, popular opinion or any other outside influence.

3. What programs or changes would you support to speed up the processing of cases, including DWI and domestic violence, to ensure more cases are heard on their merits and not dismissed before trial? (75 words)

Additional resources are critical to moving cases more quickly through the criminal justice system. I would support funding for additional prosecutors, defense attorneys, courtroom staff and community resources for victims and defendants. Over the years I have noted the critical need for additional resources to both expedite the process and assure that justice is served.



Second Judicial District
(comprised of Bernalillo County)

Division 24

Debra A. Ramirez

Democrat

Unopposed


Thirteenth Judicial District
(includes Sandoval, Valencia and Cibola counties

Division 4

Pedro G. Rael

Democrat

Unopposed



Candidates for
District Attorney

New Mexico Judicial Districts

Four-year term. Must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of New Mexico for 3 years, learned in the law, and a resident of the district from which elected. Duties include to prosecute and defend for the state in Bernalillo County courts, civil and criminal cases in which the state or county is interested, represent the county before the county commissioners, advise county and state officers upon request, and represent the county in civil cases in higher courts, except in suits brought in the name of the state. District attorneys operate under the executive branch of government because they are law enforcement officers as well as officers of the court. Salary: $115,789 Bernalillo County; $115,789 Thirteenth Judicial District Attorney.


Second Judicial District
(includes Bernalillo County)

Raul Torres

Democrat

Unopposed


Thirteenth Judicial District
(includes Sandoval, Valencia and Cibola Counties)

Lemuel L. Martinez

Democrat

Unopposed