New Mexico judicial elections, 2014

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New Mexico judicial elections, 2014
Overview
Total candidates: 348
Primary candidates: 239
General election candidates: 257
Incumbency
Incumbents: 184
Incumbent success rate: 94%
Competition - general election
Percent of candidates in contested races: 35%
Percent uncontested: 32%
Percent retention: 33%
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The New Mexico judicial elections consisted of partisan and retention elections. In 2014, 257 judicial candidates ran on general election day. Of those 257, 184 were incumbents. A total of 91 judges faced competition, and 80 were unopposed, guaranteed a new term.

In 2014, two judges in New Mexico were not retained to the district courts, a rare occurrence -- judges Albert Mitchell and Sheri Raphaelson.

See: New Mexico elections summary, 2014.

Election dates

  • March 11: Filing deadline (primary)
  • June 3: Primary
  • June 24: Filing deadline (retention)
  • November 4: General election[1][2][3]

In addition to candidate lists, this page includes information about how the state's judicial elections work, as well as articles about notable news in races across the state.

General election: Contested races

(I) denotes incumbent

New Mexico Court of Appeals, Seat 1

2nd District Court, Division 14

2nd District Court, Division 27

2nd District Court, Division 3

2nd District Court, Division 5

2nd District Court, Division 8

2nd District Court, Division 9

7th District Court, Division 1

13th District Court, Division 3

13th District Court, Division 6

13th District Court, Division 8

Bernalillo Metropolitan Court, Division 13

Bernalillo Metropolitan Court, Division 14

Bernalillo Metropolitan Court, Division 4

Bernalillo Metropolitan Court, Division 8

Catron County Magistrate Court, Division 1

Cibola County Magistrate Court, Division 1

Curry County Magistrate Court, Division 1

Curry County Probate Court, Seat 1

Dona Ana County Magistrate Court, Division 1

Eddy County Magistrate Court, Division 1

Eddy County Magistrate Court, Division 2

Guadalupe County Magistrate Court, Seat 1

Harding County Probate Court, Seat 1

Hidalgo County Probate Court, Seat 1

Lea County Magistrate Court, Division 2

Lea County Probate Court, Seat 1

Lincoln County Magistrate Court, Division 1

Los Alamos County Magistrate Court, Division 1

Luna County Magistrate Court, Division 1

San Juan County Magistrate Court, Division 2

San Juan County Magistrate Court, Division 4

San Miguel County Magistrate Court, Division 1

Sandoval County Probate Court, Seat 1

Sierra County Magistrate Court, Division 1

Sierra County Probate Court, Seat 1

Socorro County Magistrate Court, Division 1

Socorro County Probate Court, Seat 1

Taos County Probate Court, Seat 1

Torrance County Magistrate Court, Division 1

Torrance County Probate Court, Seat 1

Union County Magistrate Court, Division 1

Valencia County Magistrate Court, Division 2

Valencia County Probate Court, Seat 1

Retentions

The following judges must face a retention election in order to keep their seat. In such elections, the incumbent judge is not being evaluated against an opponent. Rather, he or she simply receives votes of "yes" to retain or "no", do not retain.

Appellate courts

CourtJudgeVotes
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New Mexico Court of AppealsCynthia Fry 74.0% ApprovedA
New Mexico Supreme CourtEdward Chavez 73.2% ApprovedA
New Mexico Court of AppealsJames Wechsler 73.2% ApprovedA
New Mexico Court of AppealsLinda Vanzi 72.9% ApprovedA

Trial courts

CourtJudgeVotes
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New Mexico Fourth Judicial District CourtAbigail Aragon 75.2% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtAlan Malott 70.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Tenth Judicial District CourtAlbert Mitchell 49.97% DefeatedD
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtAlisa Hadfield 73.2% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtBeatrice Brickhouse 72.1% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtBenjamin Chavez 71.8% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtBriana H. Zamora 72.7% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtCarl Butkus 71.9% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtCharles Brown 73.1% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtChristina P. Argyres 71.4% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtClay Campbell 72.1% ApprovedA
New Mexico Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtsDaniel E. Ramczyk 73.0% ApprovedA
New Mexico Sixth Judicial District CourtDaniel Viramontes 74.1% ApprovedA
New Mexico Third Judicial District CourtDarren Murray Kugler 75.0% ApprovedA
New Mexico Ninth Judicial District CourtDavid P. Reeb, Jr 78.1% ApprovedA
New Mexico Eleventh Judicial District CourtDaylene Marsh 68.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtDeborah Davis Walker 73.6% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtDenise Barela-Shepherd 
New Mexico Ninth Judicial District CourtDonna Mowrer 80.4% ApprovedA
New Mexico Third Judicial District CourtDouglas R. Driggers 74.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Ninth Judicial District CourtDrew D. Tatum 81.9% ApprovedA
New Mexico Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtsEdward Benavidez 71.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtElizabeth Whitefield 74.4% ApprovedA
New Mexico Third Judicial District CourtFernando R. Macias 74.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtsFrank A. Sedillo 71.7% ApprovedA
New Mexico Fifth Judicial District CourtFreddie J. Romero 75.6% ApprovedA
New Mexico Fifth Judicial District CourtGary L. Clingman 79.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Thirteenth Judicial District CourtGeorge P. Eichwald 72.2% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtGerard Lavelle 72.1% ApprovedA
New Mexico Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtsHenry A. Alaniz 72.8% ApprovedA
New Mexico Sixth Judicial District CourtHenry R. Quintero 68.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Sixth Judicial District CourtJ.C. Robinson 74.2% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtJacqueline Flores 71.2% ApprovedA
New Mexico Thirteenth Judicial District CourtJames L. Sanchez 71.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Twelfth Judicial District CourtJames Waylon Counts 78.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Fifth Judicial District CourtJane Shuler Gray 79.8% ApprovedA
New Mexico Eighth Judicial District CourtJeff F. McElroy 81.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Sixth Judicial District CourtJennifer Ellen DeLaney 76.3% ApprovedA
New Mexico Twelfth Judicial District CourtJerry H. Ritter, Jr. 81.7% ApprovedA
New Mexico Third Judicial District CourtJim T. Martin 76.8% ApprovedA
New Mexico Eleventh Judicial District CourtJohn A. Dean, Jr. 70.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Thirteenth Judicial District CourtJohn F. Davis (New Mexico) 71.2% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtJohn J. Romero, Jr. 72.9% ApprovedA
New Mexico Eighth Judicial District CourtJohn M. Paternoster 77.9% ApprovedA
New Mexico Twelfth Judicial District CourtKaren L. Parsons 81.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Eleventh Judicial District CourtKaren L. Townsend 73.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtsKevin L. Fitzwater 74.7% ApprovedA
New Mexico Seventh Judicial District CourtKevin R. Sweazea 76.0% ApprovedA
New Mexico Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtsLinda S. Rogers 72.9% ApprovedA
New Mexico Third Judicial District CourtLisa C. Schultz 67.3% ApprovedA
New Mexico Fifth Judicial District CourtLisa Riley 81.1% ApprovedA
New Mexico Eleventh Judicial District CourtLouis E. DePauli, Jr. 67.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Thirteenth Judicial District CourtLouis P. McDonald 71.6% ApprovedA
New Mexico Third Judicial District CourtManuel I. Arrieta 74.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Third Judicial District CourtMarci E. Beyer 74.9% ApprovedA
New Mexico Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtsMaria I. Dominguez 72.6% ApprovedA
New Mexico Fifth Judicial District CourtMark Sanchez 76.2% ApprovedA
New Mexico First Judicial District CourtMary Marlowe Sommer 80.8% ApprovedA
New Mexico Third Judicial District CourtMary W. Rosner 73.7% ApprovedA
New Mexico Seventh Judicial District CourtMatthew G. Reynolds 72.9% ApprovedA
Fourth District Juvenile Drug Court, New MexicoMatthew Sandoval 80.7% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtNan G. Nash 72.7% ApprovedA
New Mexico First Judicial District CourtRaymond Z. Ortiz 80.3% ApprovedA
New Mexico Eleventh Judicial District CourtRobert A. Aragon 66.5% ApprovedA
New Mexico Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtsRosie Lazcano Allred 72.3% ApprovedA
New Mexico Eleventh Judicial District CourtSandra A. Price 73.6% ApprovedA
New Mexico Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtsSandra Engel 73.8% ApprovedA
New Mexico Eighth Judicial District CourtSarah Backus 79.9% ApprovedA
New Mexico First Judicial District CourtSarah M. Singleton 80.0% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtShannon Bacon 74.0% ApprovedA
New Mexico Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtsSharon D. Walton 70.6% ApprovedA
New Mexico First Judicial District CourtSheri Raphaelson 55.87% DefeatedD
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtStan Whitaker 74.4% ApprovedA
New Mexico Ninth Judicial District CourtStephen K. Quinn 82.9% ApprovedA
New Mexico Fifth Judicial District CourtSteven L. Bell 81.3% ApprovedA
New Mexico First Judicial District CourtT. Glenn Ellington 82.0% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtValerie A. Huling 73.8% ApprovedA
New Mexico Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtsVictor E. Valdez 71.7% ApprovedA
New Mexico Fifth Judicial District CourtWilliam G.W. Shoobridge 78.1% ApprovedA
New Mexico Second Judicial District CourtWilliam Parnall 73.0% ApprovedA
New Mexico Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtsYvette K. Gonzalez 71.9% ApprovedA

General election: Uncontested

The following candidates were elected or re-elected after running unopposed in the general election.

 

Trial courts

CourtCandidate
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Guadalupe County Probate CourtAdam J. Gallegos
Rio Arriba County Magistrate CourtAlexandra C. Naranjo
Twelfth Judicial District CourtAngie Schneider
McKinley County Magistrate CourtApril J. Silversmith
San Juan County Magistrate CourtBarry D. Sharer
Dona Ana County Magistrate CourtBeverly Singleman
Sandoval County Magistrate CourtBill M. Mast
De Baca County Magistrate CourtBuddy J. Hall
San Miguel County Probate CourtCharlynne Otero
Otero County Probate CourtChristine Ann Tenski
Los Alamos County Probate CourtChristine Chandler
San Juan County Magistrate CourtConnie Lee Johnston
Dona Ana County Magistrate CourtConrad F. Perea
Cibola County Probate CourtCorrine C. Padilla
Lea County Magistrate CourtCraig La Bree
McKinley County Magistrate CourtCynthia C. Sanders
Eddy County Magistrate CourtDaniel Reyes, Jr.
Lea County Magistrate CourtDavid E. Finger
Quay County Magistrate CourtDavid Joel Garnett
Santa Fe County Magistrate CourtDavid Segura
First Judicial District CourtDavid Thomson
Luna County Probate CourtDelia L. Perez
Sandoval County Magistrate CourtDelilah M. Montano-Baca
Dona Ana County Probate CourtDiana A. Bustamante
Santa Fe County Magistrate CourtDonita Sena
Santa Fe County Magistrate CourtDonna M. Bevacqua-Young
Mora County Probate CourtEdward Aragon
Chaves County Probate CourtEric J. Coll
Taos County Magistrate CourtErnest L. Ortega
Colfax County Magistrate CourtFelix Pena
First Judicial DistrictFrancis Joseph Mathew
McKinley County Probate CourtFrancisca P. Palochak
Ninth Judicial District CourtFred Van Soelen
Otero County Magistrate CourtGene C. Galassini
Santa Fe County Magistrate CourtGeorge Anaya, Jr.
Fourth Judicial District CourtGerald Baca
Grant County Magistrate CourtHector C. Grijalva
Lea County Magistrate CourtJames D. Brown
San Juan County Magistrate CourtJames G. Mosberger
Fifth Judicial District CourtJames Hudson
Otero County Magistrate CourtJames Scott Newton
Taos County Magistrate CourtJeff Shannon
Chaves County Magistrate CourtJohn J. Halvorson
Mora County Magistrate CourtJohn L. Sanchez
Eddy County Probate CourtJohn M. Caraway
De Baca County Probate CourtJohn P. Wootton
Valencia County Magistrate CourtJohn W. Sanchez
Cibola County Magistrate CourtJohnny Valdez
Dona Ana County Magistrate CourtJose L. Cano
Rio Arriba County Magistrate CourtJoseph Madrid
Harding County Magistrate CourtKaren P. Mitchell
Lincoln County Magistrate CourtKatie Gene Lund
5th District CourtKea Riggs
Chaves County Magistrate CourtKeith Rogers
McKinley County Magistrate CourtKenneth Howard, Jr.
Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtKenny C. Montoya
Dona Ana County Magistrate CourtKent L. Wingenroth
San Juan County Probate CourtLarry T. Thrower
Fifth Judicial District CourtLee A. Kirksey
Union County Probate CourtLeslie J. Taylor
Roosevelt County Magistrate CourtLinda J. Short
Hidalgo County Magistrate CourtMark D. Thomas (New Mexico)
San Juan County Magistrate CourtMark Hawkinson
Grant County Magistrate CourtMaurine L. Laney
Rio Arriba County Probate CourtMax M. Quintana
San Miguel County Magistrate CourtMelanie Y. Rivera
Quay County Probate CourtNelda Burson
Dona Ana County Magistrate CourtNorman E. Osborne
Thirteenth Judicial District CourtRandolph Marshall Collins
Fifth Judicial District CourtRaymond Romero
Curry County Magistrate CourtRichard L. Hollis Jr.
Sandoval County Magistrate CourtRichard L. Zanotti
Dona Ana County Magistrate CourtRichard M. Jacquez
Bernalillo Metropolitan CourtRosemary Cosgrove-Aguilar
Colfax County Probate CourtRoy E. Ackerman
Santa Fe County Probate CourtShannon Broderick Bulman
First Judicial DistrictSylvia LaMar
Valencia County Magistrate CourtTina R. Gallegos
Grant County Probate CourtVelia Miranda
Colfax County Magistrate CourtWarren G. Walton
Bernalillo County Probate CourtWillow Misty Parks

Primary

For candidate lists and results from the judicial primary on June 3, 2014, please see: New Mexico primary elections, 2014.

Process

Judges in New Mexico are elected in either retention elections or partisan elections. A judge who was appointed to a vacancy must run in a partisan election in the next general election. The winner, then an incumbent judge, runs in retention elections after that.[4]

In the retention elections, judges do not compete against another candidate, but voters are given a "yes" or "no" choice whether to keep the judge in office for another term. The retention elections are held on general election day. In a retention election, a candidate must receive 57% of the vote to be retained.[5]

Ballot measure

Filing deadlines for retention elections

New Mexico's judicial ballot measure made a procedural change to the filing deadline for retention elections. The New Mexico Candidacy Declarations in Judicial Retention Elections Amendment allows the legislature to set the filing deadline for retention elections. As of 2014, that deadline was the same the primary filing deadline, per Article VI, Section 34 of the New Mexico Constitution.[6] This measure passed.[7]

The New Mexico House of Representatives and New Mexico Senate both unanimously approved this measure, passing it in order to get it on the ballot.[8]

It is not uncommon for states with judicial retention elections in the general election to have a different filing deadline for incumbent judges. Below is a table of the six states which have retention elections at all levels of the court system. According to the data from Ballotpedia, half of those states have the same filing deadlines, while half have later deadlines for judicial candidates.

State 2014 filing - Legislative candidates 2014 filing - Judicial candidates
Alaska June 2 August 1
Colorado March 31 August 4
Iowa March 14 July 23
Nebraska February 18/March 3 February 18
Utah March 20 March 20
Wyoming May 30 May 30

In the news

The following articles were current as of the dates listed, though new developments may not be included.

See also

External links

References

  1. Politics1, "New Mexico"
  2. New Mexico Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Candidate Guide for Major Party Candidates"
  3. New Mexico Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Forms - 2014 Election Calendar"
  4. American Judicature Society, "Judicial Selection in the States: New Mexico," archived January 11, 2014
  5. New Mexico Compilation Commission, "New Mexico Statutes, Article VI, Section 33," accessed April 25, 2014
  6. New Mexico Legislature, "Brief Analysis of Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3," accessed August 7, 2014
  7. New Mexico Secretary of State, "General Election Results 2014"
  8. New Mexico Candidacy Declarations in Judicial Retention Elections Amendment (2014)
  9. Quay County Sun, "Committee seeks to remove Mitchell from district bench," October 21, 2014
  10. Quay County Sun, "Preliminary results: Shafer elected sheriff, Mitchell voted out," November 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation, "Final Recommendation: Albert J. Mitchell, Jr."
  13. New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation, "Final Recommendation: Sheri A. Raphaelson"
  14. Santa Fe New Mexican, "Voters remove Judge Sheri Raphaelson," November 5, 2014
  15. Albuquerque Journal, “Judge drops out of election, affecting Rio Rancho ballots,” September 10, 2014
  16. Rio Rancho Observer, “Judge drops out of election, affecting Rio Rancho ballots,” September 10, 2014
  17. New Mexico Secretary of State, “2014 General Election Contest/Candidate List,” accessed September 11, 2014
  18. Cibola Beacon, “Judge Olguin Not Seeking Retention,” September 9, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Albuquerque Journal, "Judge sues over nomination practice," August 6, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 Daily Journal, "Newly appointed judge files lawsuit seeking to appear on general-election ballot," August 5, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 US News, "Heads up: New Mexico county magistrate wins election by the flip of a coin," July 10, 2014
  22. Washington Post, "In most states, tied elections can be decided by a coin toss," July 14, 2014
  23. New Mexico Secretary of State, "Unofficial Results, Primary Election 2014," June 4, 2014
  24. American Judicature Society, "Methods of Judicial Selection: New Mexico," archived October 6, 2014
  25. United States Census Bureau, "Quickfacts Taos County, New Mexico," accessed April 2, 2014
  26. 26.0 26.1 The Taos News, "Lawyer challenges Taos judge on legal training," March 25, 2014
  27. Clovis News Journal, "Curry County candidate filings for June 3 primary," March 11, 2014
  28. 28.0 28.1 Clovis News Journal, "Several county judges not performing marriages," archived March 19, 2014
  29. New Mexico Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Contest/Candidate List"
  30. Miles Hanisee campaign website
  31. Campaign website
  32. Democratic Party of Dona Ana County, "Richard Wellborn Seeks Retention as Magistrate Judge," January 19, 2014
  33. Las Cruces Sun-Times, "Peter Goodman: Judicial candidates switch parties ahead of election," January 12, 2014
  34. Las Cruces Sun-News, "Judge in agreement with Goodman column," January 26, 2014
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