New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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New Mexico Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date:
June 3, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

New Mexico State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor, Commissioner of Public Lands, Public Services Commissioner, Education Commissioner

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Thirteen down ballot state executive positions were up for election in the state of New Mexico in 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Voters in New Mexico selected new officeholders for the treasurer and auditor offices, as incumbents James B. Lewis and Hector Balderas were unable to run due to term limits. Incumbent Ray Powell (D) ran against Aubrey Dunn (R) for the public lands commissioner seat. Down ballot races were largely uncontested, with two out of three seats on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and seven seats on the New Mexico Public Education Commission unopposed in November.

Of the four contested races, Tim Eichenberg, Tim Keller, Aubrey Dunn and Sandy Jones won in the general election.

New Mexico is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3] The primary election was held June 3, 2014.

Treasurer

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Rick Lopez[4]
Democratic Party Tim Eichenberg[5]Green check mark transparent.png

Term-limited

Democratic Party James B. Lewis - Incumbent

Lost in primary

Democratic Party John Wertheim[6]

Disqualified

Democratic Party Patrick Padilla[7]

Results

Primary election

Republican primary

Republican Party Rick Lopez was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary
New Mexico Treasurer, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Eichenberg 52.7% 59,683
John Wertheim 47.3% 53,523
Total Votes 113,206
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

General election

New Mexico Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Eichenberg 52.5% 261,203
     Republican Rick Lopez 47.5% 236,699
Total Votes 497,902
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Duties

The treasurer is responsible for providing banking services to the state, they reconcile the state's bank accounts, they pay any outstanding debts or loans held by the state, they invest the state's money in operations and bonds as well as investing in local issues as needed. The main purpose of the office is to manage and invest state monies.

Auditor

Candidates

General election

Democratic Party Tim Keller[8]Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert Aragon[9]

Term-limited

Democratic Party Hector Balderas - Incumbent

Withdrawn

Democratic Party Domingo Martinez[10]

Results

Primary election

Republican primary

Republican Party Robert Aragon was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Tim Keller was uncontested in the primary.

General election

New Mexico Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Keller 54.3% 270,386
     Republican Robert Aragon 45.7% 228,019
Total Votes 498,405
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Duties

The auditor's office is responsible for thoroughly examining and auditing the financial affairs of every agency each year through financial and special audits.

Public Lands Commissioner

Candidates

General election

Electiondot.png Democratic Ray Powell - Incumbent
Ends.png Republican Aubrey Dunn[11]Green check mark transparent.png

Duties

The Land Commissioner is responsible for generating and maximizing revenue from state land trusts while concurrently protecting, conserving, and maintaining the lands for use by future generations. The money generated is used to support public education and other beneficiary institutions.

These revenues are generated by the land commissioner by leasing lands for grazing, agriculture, commercial use, oil and gas drilling, mining and other activities.[12]

Results

Primary election

Republican primary

Republican Party Challenger Aubrey Dunn was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Incumbent Ray Powell was uncontested in the primary.

General election

New Mexico Land Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAubrey Dunn 50.1% 250,185
     Democratic Ray Powell Incumbent 49.9% 249,481
Total Votes 499,666
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

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State recount

The New Mexico Secretary of State started a recount in the land commissioner's race on December 11, 2014. Challenger Aubrey Dunn (R) won the initial vote by a small margin over incumbent Ray Powell (D). State law requires a recount if the difference between the top two candidates for a seat is one-half of 1 percent. Powell initially challenged how state officials would test ballots prior to the recount, but dropped an appeal to the New Mexico Supreme Court after an agreement was reached over ballot testing. This was the first statewide recount since a 2008 law instituted the automatic recall requirement.[13] Dunn maintained his lead following the recount's completion on December 16, confirming his victory over Powell.[14]

Public Regulation Commission

Candidates

District 2

General election

Republican Party Patrick H. Lyons - Incumbent[15]Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

General election

Democratic Party Lynda Lovejoy[15]Green check mark transparent.png

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Theresa Becenti-Aguilar Incumbent[15]
Democratic Party Edward Michael[15]

District 5

General election

Republican Party Ben L. Hall - Incumbent[15]
Democratic Party Sandy Jones[15]Green check mark transparent.png

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Merrie Soules[15]

Results

Primary election

District 2

Republican primary Republican Party Incumbent Patrick H. Lyons was uncontested in the primary.
Democratic primary No Democratic candidates filed for the District 2 seat.

District 4

Republican primary No Republican candidates filed for the District 4 seat. Democratic primary

New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner, District 4, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLynda Lovejoy 46.2% 9,904
Theresa Becenti-Aguilar Incumbent 32.4% 6,935
Edward Michael 21.4% 4,587
Total Votes 21,426
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.
District 5

Republican primary Republican Party Incumbent Ben L. Hall was uncontested in the primary.
Democratic primary

New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner, District 5, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSandy Jones 50.3% 9,911
Merrie Soules 49.7% 9,783
Total Votes 19,694
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

General election

Patrick H. Lyons and Lynda Lovejoy won election without opposition.

District 5
New Mexico Public Service Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSandy Jones 50.9% 45,547
     Republican Ben L. Hall Incumbent 49.1% 43,966
Total Votes 89,513
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Duties

The Public Regulation Commission is responsible for regulation of public utilities, transportation companies, transmission and pipeline companies, insurance companies and other public companies.

Public Education Commission

Candidates

District 1

Democratic Party Eleanor Chavez[15]Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Chavez was running for the vacant District 1 seat on the commission, which hadn't been filled since M. Andrew Garrison left the position in December 2012.

District 2

Republican Party Millie Pogna - Incumbent[15]Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party Carmie Toulouse - Incumbent [15]Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

General election

Democratic Party Karyl Armbruster[15]Green check mark transparent.png

Did not file

Independent J. Tyson Parker - Incumbent

District 5

Democratic Party James Conyers - Incumbent [15]Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party Gilbert Peralta Incumbent[15]Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

General election

Democratic Party Patricia Gipson[15]Green check mark transparent.png

Did not file

Democratic Party Eugene Gant - Incumbent

Results

Primary results

There were no contested primaries for the seven seats up for election in 2014.

General election

All seven candidates for the Public Education Commission won election without opposition.

Duties

The Public Education Commission is responsible for advising the New Mexico Secretary of Education.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 11, 2014 Candidate filing deadline for primary
June 3, 2014 Primary election
June 26, 2014 Filing deadline for independent and minor party candidates
November 4, 2014 General election
November 25, 2014 State canvassing of election results
January 1, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officers

Ballotpedia reports

To learn more about developments in these races, check out the following news articles from Ballotpedia:

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See also

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References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. The Republic, Republican Rick Lopez of Santa Fe running for New Mexico state treasurer, January 9, 2014
  5. El Paso Times, Eichenberg enters race for treasurer, June 25, 2013
  6. Albuquerque Journal, Democrat John Wertheim running for state treasurer, August 27, 2013
  7. New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan, Dems Cast Wary Eye On State Treasurer Race; R's Await Opportunity, April 16, 2013
  8. Watchdog.org, "State senator plans run for NM auditor in 2014, not governor," May 31, 2013
  9. New Mexico Secretary of State, Candidate Portal," accessed February 4, 2014
  10. Albuquerque Journal, "Santa Fe County Assessor Domingo Martinez to seek state auditor post," May 3, 2013
  11. New Mexico Secretary of State, Candidate Portal," accessed February 4, 2014
  12. New Mexico State Land Office, " Agency History," accessed June 11, 2013
  13. Daily Journal, "Elections officials agree to procedure for recount in New Mexico land commissioner contest," December 9, 2014
  14. KOB, "Dunn wins Land Commissioner seat after recount finalized," December 16, 2014
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