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New Mexico state executive official elections, 2012

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Seven state executive positions were up for election in 2012 in the state of New Mexico.

The primary was held on June 5, 2012 with the general election on November 6, 2012.

In the general election, Karen Montoya and Valerie Espinoza won the District 1 and District 3 seats, respectively, on the Public Regulation Commission.[1] All five candidates - including the incumbents from Districts 8,9, and 10 - who ran for the Public Education Commission were unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012, although a write-in challenger for the open District 3 Commissioner seat did emerge, sapping about 2% of the vote from Carmie Lynn Toulouse (D).[1]

Impact of redistricting

A new map of PRC districts was approved by District Court Judge James Hall on January 18, 2012. The plan kept most of the geographical divisions from the previous map, leading Brian Sanderoff, a redistricting consultant, to refer to it as a "status quo oriented plan." The plan ended up in court after Gov. Susana Martinez (R) vetoed the initial proposed plan from the Legislature. The court approved plan created a solidly Republican 2nd District, Democratic leaning 1st, 3rd and 4th Districts, while the 5th continued to be a swing district.[2]

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Democratic incumbent Jason Marks held the 1st District seat since 2005 and was unable to seek re-election due to term limits. Democrat Karen Montoya was elected to his seat in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Karen MontoyaGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Christopher Ocksrider
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Montoya 55% 94,526
     Republican Christopher Ocksrider 45% 77,256
Total Votes 171,782
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Primary

Bernalillo County Assessor Karen Montoya defeated PRC staff attorney Cynthia Hall and state Rep. Al Park in the June 5 Democratic primary. Republican Christopher Ocksrider was unopposed.[3]

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, District 1, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Montoya 36.3% 10,972
Cynthia Hall 33.2% 10,038
Al Park 30.5% 9,221
Total Votes 30,231


Republican Party June 5 Republican primary candidates:

Incumbent Douglas J. Howe (I) was appointed to District 3 by Governor Susana Martinez on November 7, 2011 to replace Jerome Block who resigned after pleading guilty to two felonies - credit card fraud and identity theft of another agency employee.[4] Howe did not seek election to a full term in 2012.[5]

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Valerie EspinozaGreen check mark transparent.png
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngValerie Espinoza 100% 127,569
Total Votes 127,569
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Primary

In a four-way battle Valerie Espinoza won the Democratic nomination on June 5, 2012. Since no Republicans filed for the seat Ezpinoza had no major party opposition in the general election.[3]

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, District 3, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngValerie Espinoza 37.7% 15,121
Virginia Vigil 32% 12,850
Brad Gallegos 17.1% 6,863
Danny Maki 13.2% 5,310
Total Votes 40,144


Note: Martin Suazo and Ronald L. Rees were running for the seat but did not qualify for the primary ballot
Republican Party June 5 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

Five seats were up on the Public Education Commission: Districts 3, 5, 8, 9, and 10. The primaries took place on June 5, 2012, and the general election was held on November 6, 2012.

District 3

Incumbent Michael Canfield did not seek re-election. Carmie Lynn Toulouse ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carmie Lynn ToulouseGreen check mark transparent.png
New Mexico Public Education Commission District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarmie Lynn Toulouse 97.6% 60,322
     Democratic Vanessa Leigh Gutierrez (Write-in) 2.4% 1,469
Total Votes 61,791
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

District 5

There was no District 5 incumbent at time of the election. James F. Conyers ran unopposed for the seat in the general election.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James F. ConyersGreen check mark transparent.png
New Mexico Public Education Commission District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames F. Conyers 100% 42,305
Total Votes 42,305
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

District 8

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Vince N. Bergman IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
New Mexico Public Education Commission District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVince N. Bergman Incumbent 100% 48,844
Total Votes 48,844
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

District 9

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carolyn Kennedy Shearman IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
New Mexico Public Education Commission District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn Kennedy Shearman Incumbent 100% 35,889
Total Votes 35,889
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

District 10

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeff Carr IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
New Mexico Public Education Commission District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Carr Incumbent 100% 66,144
Total Votes 66,144
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


Deadline Event
March 20 Candidate filing deadline
March 30 Deadline for challenging nomination petitions
April 3 Deadline to withdraw from primary election
May 8 Absentee voting for primary election begins
May 19 Early in-person voting for primary election begins
June 2 Early in-person voting ends for the primary election
June 5 Primary election
June 26 Deadline for independent, minor party and write-in candidates to file
Sept 4 Last day to withdraw from general election
Oct 20 Early in-person voting for general election begins
Nov 3 Early in-person voting for general election end
Nov 6 General election

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New Mexico

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