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Matthew E. Chandler
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District Attorney of the Ninth Judicial District of New Mexico
High schoolClovis High School (1994)
Bachelor'sEastern New Mexico University (1998)
J.D.University of Tulsa College of Law (2001)
Matthew E. Chandler (born in Clovis, New Mexico) is the District Attorney of the Ninth Judicial District of New Mexico. On February 3, 2010, he announced his candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, challenging Democratic incumbent Gary King.[1] Nine months later, however, Chandler lost in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 after receiving forty-six percent of the vote.


  • Graduated from Clovis High School (1994)
  • Bachelor's degree, Eastern New Mexico University (1998) in sociology and criminal justice
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Tulsa College of Law (2001)

Professional experience

Upon graduating from law school, Chandler spent a brief time in the private sector working as an attorney for a law practice based in Albuquerque. In 2002, he was named as an assistant to the District Attorney of Clovis, where, in his first two years, he achieved the highest conviction rate.

Political career

It was shortly after Chandler informed his boss, Brett Carter, that he sought to challenge him in the Republican primary contest that he was fired from the DA's office. Chandler believed that it was the lack of aggressive prosecution that direct results in the spike in violent crimes and methamphetamine production the area had seen around that time. He went on to defeat his former boss with sixty-two percent of the vote.



See also: New Mexico Attorney General election, 2010
  • Matthew Chandler ran unopposed in this contest
2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Gary King 53.7%
     Republican Party Matthew Chandler 46.3%
Total Votes 597,644

Campaign contributions


According to Follow the Money, Chandler has raised $152,412 in 2010 for his state attorney general campaign as of September 24, 2010.[5]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Michael Garrett $10,000
Robert Chase $10,000
Matthew Chandler $5,443
Mark B. Murphy $5,000
Hank Baskett, III $3,000


Chandler currently resides in New Mexico with his wife, Mandi, and their four children - Mason, Miles, Merit, and Michael.


Contact information

Campaign Address:

New Mexico

Matthew Chandler for Attorney General
P.O. Box 15178
Rio Rancho, NM 87174

Phone: (505) 306-8202

See also

External links

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from May 16, 2010.