New Mexico state executive official elections, 2012
Two state executive positions are up for election in 2012 in the state of New Mexico.
- New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (2 officers)
The primary will be held on June 5, 2012 with the general election on November 6, 2012.
Impact of redistricting
A new map of PRC districts was approved by District Court Judge James Hall on January 18, 2012. The plan keeps 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.
Democratic incumbent Jason Marks has held the 1st District seat since 2005 and is unable to seek re-election due to term limits.
- June 5 Democratic primary candidates:
- June 5 Republican primary candidates:
- Christopher Ocksrider Attorney
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. Howe is not seeking election to a full term in 2012.
- Note: Martin Suazo and Ronald L. Rees were running for the seat but did not qualify for the primary ballot
|March 20||Candidate filing deadline|
|March 30||Deadline for challenging nomination petitions|
|April 3||Deadline to withdraw from primary election|
|May 8||Absentee voting for primary election begins|
|May 19||Early in-person voting for primary election begins|
|June 2||Early in-person voting ends for the primary election|
|June 5||Primary election|
|June 26||Deadline for independent, minor party and write-in candidates to file|
|Sept 4||Last day to withdraw from general election|
|Oct 20||Early in-person voting for general election begins|
|Nov 3||Early in-person voting for general election end|
|Nov 6||General election|
- The Republic, "Eastern NM unified in court-approved plan for redistricting Public Regulation Commission," January 18, 2012
- The Republic, "New Mexico governor chooses Santa Fe consultant to fill vacancy on regulatory panel," November 7, 2011
- The Republic, "New Mexico candidates for the Legislature, PRC and other offices face filing deadline," March 20, 2012