BLOOMFIELD In Bloomfield, one contested seat for municipal judge between two educators, incumbent Municipal Judge Marlon S. Maloy and Kristi Phillips, will be decided by voters on election day.

Maloy, 71, said he is running on his record of handling cases with fairness, consistency and integrity.

Maloy's challenger, Phillips, 42, is a science teacher at Charlie Y. Brown High School. She is running her first campaign for elected office. Born and raised in Bloomfield, Phillips sees her role in the judge's seat as an opportunity to uphold the law in an ethical and fair way.

Marlon S. Maloy
Marlon S. Maloy (Courtesy of Marlon S. Maloy)

Maloy was first elected in 2010 after being appointed alternate judge by the city in 2009. For 27 years, Maloy was a woodshop and drafting teacher at Mesa Alta High School. He also ran a cabinet-making business and served as a missionary in Croatia with his wife for a year and a half.

"I see my role as an individual to uphold the law with absolute fairness and with the idea that justice has to be satisfied with leniency and mercy along the way," Maloy said. "I only deal with the facts. It's a real challenge dealing with personalities of people. I have enjoyed the challenge to learn something new in my late 60s to learn something so completely different from what I've done before."

Maloy, a lifelong resident of Bloomfield, stands by his judicial work.

"I promised the people here that I would be fair, honest and considerate judge. I believe I am," he said. "I feel a judge is an individual who has a lot of authority and power. I feel it's important to have someone in there to uplift and benefit the people of the community. I can and have done that."

Phillips said she is active in the community, which she views as an obligation that informs her role as municipal judge.

"I have been actively involved in my community," she said. "For five years, I was the treasurer for the Farmington Kiwanis, extending the reach of their 'Coats for Kids' program to provide winter wear for more than 500 county schoolchildren each year. I have also served as co-chair of the Bloomfield Library board of directors for the last two years."

Although she has no experience as a judge, Phillips cites her completion of a paralegal program in 2005 and bachelor's and master's degrees from Highlands University in social work as preparatory work for the judge's seat.

"I know the law and will be fair, consistent and make my judgments based not on just how we 'do things' but according to city ordinance and the evidence," Phillips said. "I have a skill set that I use to take things that are working and make them better. I won't be limited by how we've always done things in Bloomfield. In order to have change we need to make change and need people who are reasonable, logical and ethical with their decisions."

And Phillips said her life experience will help her in the job.

"I went to college because I was a single parent," Phillips said. "It's time for my generation to step up and make a difference."

James Fenton covers Aztec and Bloomfield for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4621 and jfenton@daily-times.com. Follow him @fentondt on Twitter.