Earlier this week, candidates for federal office and for a rare presidential-year Secretary of State race officially threw their hats in the ring for the positions. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals candidates also announced their intentions to run. The most high profile race will be Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver against State Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, for Secretary of State. The statewide position is normally contested in non-presidential years, but because of the resignation by Dianna Duran amid scandal, and eventual conviction, voters will decide on the position this year. Toulouse Oliver ran for the position and lost to Duran in 2014.
Gov. Susana Martinez named a Second Judicial District Court Judge to fill the vacancy on the state Supreme Court. Martinez announced in a press release on Thursday afternoon that Judge Judith Nakamura will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Richard Bosson. “Judge Nakamura has shown tremendous leadership and dedication during her time on the bench. As an advocate for public safety, she has a proven track record of working to keep our families safe,” Governor Martinez said in a statement. “I’m proud to appoint her to our highest court because she has devoted her career to upholding justice, and I’m confident she will continue to serve New Mexico with integrity.”
Nakamura has served on the Second Judicial District Court since 2013, when she was appointed by Martinez.