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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Ten down ballot state executive positions are up for election in the state of New Mexico in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.

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]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Treasurer James B. Lewis
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2006 Term-limited
State Auditor Hector Balderas
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2006 Term-limited
Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell
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2011 Yes[4]
Public Regulation Commission Ben L. Hall
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2011 Yes[4]
Public Regulation Commission Patrick H. Lyons
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2011 Yes[4]
Public Regulation Commission Theresa Becenti-Aguilar
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2011 Yes[4]
Public Education Commission (District 1) Vacant N/A
Public Education Commission (District 2) Millie Pogna
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Public Education Commission (District 3) Carmie Toulouse Yes[4]
Public Education Commission (District 4) J. Tyson Parker
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2013 No[4]
Public Education Commission (District 5) James Conyers Yes[4]
Public Education Commission (District 6) Gilbert Peralta
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Public Education Commission (District 7) Eugene Gant
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Current incumbent

Democratic Party James B. Lewis


Republican Party Rick Lopez - Deputy director Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority[5]
Democratic Party Tim Eichenberg - former Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate representing District 15[6]
Democratic Party John Wertheim - Albuquerque lawyer and former Democratic Party Chairman[7]


Democratic Party Patrick Padilla - former treasurer of Bernalillo County[8]


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.


Current incumbent

Democratic Party Hector Balderas




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

Commissioner of Public Lands

Current incumbent

Electiondot.png Democratic Ray Powell Running for re-election


Ends.png Republican Aubrey Dunn[12]


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.[13]

Public Regulation Commission

Current incumbents

Republican Party Patrick H. LyonsDistrict 2
Democratic Party Theresa Becenti-Aguilar District 4
Republican Party Ben L. HallDistrict 5


District 2

Republican Party Patrick H. Lyons Incumbent[14]

District 4

Democratic Party Theresa Becenti-Aguilar Incumbent[14]
Democratic Party Edward Michael[14]
Democratic Party Lynda Lovejoy[14]

District 5

Republican Party Ben L. Hall Incumbent[14]
Democratic Party Merrie Soules[14]
Democratic Party Sandy Jones[14]


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

Current incumbents


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


District 1

Democratic Party Eleanor Chavez[14]

District 2

Republican Party Millie Pogna Incumbent[14]

District 3

Democratic Party Carmie Toulouse[14]

District 4

Democratic Party Karyl Armbruster[14]

District 5

Democratic Party James Conyers[14]

District 6

Democratic Party Gilbert Peralta Incumbent[14]

District 7

Democratic Party Patricia Gipson[14]

See also


  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. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 New Mexico Secretary of State, "Candidate Portal, 2014 Primary Election Contest/Candidate List," accessed April 14, 2014
  5. The Republic, Republican Rick Lopez of Santa Fe running for New Mexico state treasurer, January 9, 2014
  6. El Paso Times, Eichenberg enters race for treasurer, June 25, 2013
  7. Albuquerque Journal, Democrat John Wertheim running for state treasurer, August 27, 2013
  8. New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan, Dems Cast Wary Eye On State Treasurer Race; R's Await Opportunity, April 16, 2013
  9., "State senator plans run for NM auditor in 2014, not governor," May 31, 2013
  10. New Mexico Secretary of State, Candidate Portal, accessed February 4, 2014
  11. Albuquerque Journal, "Santa Fe County Assessor Domingo Martinez to seek state auditor post," May 3, 2013
  12. New Mexico Secretary of State, Candidate Portal, Accessed February 4, 2014
  13. New Mexico State Land Office, " Agency History," accessed June 11, 2013
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 New Mexico Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Contest/Candidate List," accessed May 14, 2014