Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Southwest Regional State Executive Officials

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November 2, 2012

By Jennifer Springer

Portal:State Executive Officials
See also: Arizona state executive official elections, 2012
See also: New Mexico state executive official elections, 2012

MADISON, Wisconsin: It's an off-year for gubernatorial elections in the southwestern United States, which means the region is focusing on its down-ballot races for state executive offices. Voters in Arizona and New Mexico will see various seats on their ballot when they hit the polls next Tuesday.


Arizona Corporation Commissioner


Three state executive positions Three are up for election this year in the state of Arizona.

 Candidates for Corporation Commissioner 
See also: Arizona state executive official elections, 2012
Democratic Party Paul Newman: Incumbent
Democratic Party Sandra Kennedy: Incumbent
Democratic Party Marcia Busching
Republican Party Bob Stump: Incumbent
Republican Party Robert Burns
Republican Party Susan Bitter Smith
Libertarian Party Christopher Gohl
Green Party Daniel Pout
Green Party Thomas Meadows

Voters will make their choice for three Corporation Commissioners on November 6th.

Incumbents Paul Newman (D), Sandra Kennedy (D), and Bob Stump (R) are all seeking re-election. Three Democratic and three Republican candidates all ran unopposed in the primary elections, advancing to the general election.

Incumbents Newman, Kennedy, and Stump have been serving on the commission since 2009.

In addition to the six major party candidates running for the three seats, Libertarian candidate Christopher Gohl and Green Party candidates Daniel Pout and Thomas Meadows are also challenging the incumbents and major party challengers in the general election.

In Arizona, all polling places are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Mountain Time.[1]

New Mexico

Seven state executive positions are 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 New Mexico, all polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Mountain Time on Election Day.[2]

Public Regulation Commission (2 seats)

 Candidates for Public Regulation Commission 

See also: New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2012

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 creates a solidly Republican 2nd District, Democratic leaning 1st, 3rd and 4th Districts, while the 5th continues to be a swing district.[3]

PRC District 1

Democratic Party Karen Montoya (D)
Republican Party Christopher Ocksrider (R)

Democratic incumbent Jason Marks has held the 1st District seat since 2005 and was unable to seek re-election due to term limits.

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.[4]

PRC District 3

Democratic Party Valerie Espinoza (D)

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.[5] Howe did not seek election to a full term in 2012.[6]

In a four-way battle Valerie Espinoza won the Democratic nomination on June 5, 2012. Since no Republicans filed for the seat Ezpinoza will have no major party opposition in the general election.[4]

Public Education Commission (5 seats)

 Candidates for Corporation Commissioner 

See also: New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Five seats are up on the Public Education Commission: Districts 3, 5, 8, 9, and 10. None are contested. Three incumbents - Vince N. Bergman (R-8), Carolyn Kennedy Shearman (D-9), and Jeff Carr (D-10) are running for re-election in 2012. District 3 incumbent Michael Canfield decided to not seek re-election this year, and Democrat Carmie Lynn Toulouse is running unopposed for his seat. The vacant District 5 seat on the Public Education Commission is currently vacant, and James F. Conyers (D) will ease into the position with no general election contest. The primaries took place on June 5, 2012, and the general election took place November 6.

District 3

Democratic Party Carmie Lynn Toulouse (D)

Incumbent Michael Canfield did not seek re-election.

District 5

Democratic Party James F. Conyers (D)
The District 5 seat is currently vacant.

District 8

Republican Party Vince N. Bergman (R) Incumbent

District 9

Democratic Party Carolyn Kennedy Shearman (D) Incumbent

District 10

Democratic Party Jeff Carr (D) Incumbent

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