San Juan and McKinley counties had a choice between a war veteran and prosecutor, and a veteran criminal defense lawyer for the district court bench.

With all 23 county precincts reporting, Republican Daylene Marsh won a new term as district judge in Division 6 with 27,140 votes, or just more than 62 percent of the vote. The Democratic candidate, Emeterio Rudolfo, received a total of 16,252 votes, under 38 percent.

"I'm so appreciative to the governor for appointing me," Marsh said from San Juan County Republican party headquarters. "I am also grateful to voters of San Juan County. It was a team effort."

Brand new to the job — she was appointed in September — Marsh, who has served two tours of duty in Iraq and is currently an active as a sergeant in the National Guard, struck a hopeful, but humble, tone.

"I enjoy working in the local juvenile justice system," she said. "I am excited about the chance to continue working with cases I care about. But I still have a lot to learn."

Rudolfo, 44, began practicing law in Albuquerque for two years before moving to Farmington 15 years ago with his wife and two daughters to found the Rudolfo Law Office.

But it was his competitor, Marsh, 54, whose victory underscored the confidence placed in her by the governor for the Division 6 seat.

Born in Cortez, Colo., she received her bachelor's degree from the University of Denver and a law degree from Texas Southern University. Marsh moved to Farmington seven years ago to work as an assistant district attorney in the office's drug division.


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The Division 6 seat was vacant for about six months after District Judge Thomas Hynes retired before his term was ended.