Political party: Republican
Education: BA in history from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif. (1984). JD from Santa Clara University, (1987)
Immediate family: wife Lynn, lived in Silver City since 1997.
Past political or public service positions: no previous political offices held but been in public service as a prosecutor for 23 years, 15 years with the Sixth Judicial District.
Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position: I'm a career prosecutor and during my 23 years of experience I have successfully prosecuted nearly every type of crime, from first-degree murder to traffic violations, and almost everything in between. The Sixth Judicial District requires more than just a knowledgeable prosecutor, it also requires someone with administrative and leadership skills because we have 40 employees in three offices. I'm a former member of the Army Reserve and attained the rank of captain. During the Gulf War era, I had the honor of commanding a 200-member unit headquartered in Amarillo, Texas with a detachment in Midland, Texas, and we were tasked with providing support to units that were being activated in the Gulf War during Operation Desert Storm. I have the proven leadership skills to run a large organization.
Top 3 priorities if elected: 1. Make our communities safer overall through community outreach and education 2. Improving service to crime victims 3. Improving service to the community as a
Political party: Democrat
Education: B.A. in political science, City University of New York/City College, cum laude (1977). Graduated with honors. J.D. New York Law School (1982).
Immediate family: Husband Gumersindo Estevez, and three children. Live in Gila.
Past political or public service positions: No previous political offices held but been in public service my entire legal career. I began my legal career as a Reginald Heber Smith fellow for Hudson County Legal Services, Inc. and have worked for Legal Services in New York, New Jersey and in southern New Mexico. For the past 17 years have been a prosecutor with the Sixth Judicial District. In 2007, I was named prosecutor of the year for the state of New Mexico. Life time board member of El Refugio, Inc., the domestic violence services provider in Silver City. Also serve on numerous legal boards and those dealing with domestic violence and sexual assualt.
Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position: I think my greatest asset is my connection to the community which is evidenced by my continued involvement with local and statewide public service organization. I am a career public servant in that I have never charged a dime for justice. I went to school to advocate for victims and started my career as a legal services attorney then moved to advocating for victims of crime and prosecution. I work my cases. I try to be fair but aggressive, and tenacious in really developing the evidence, locating the victim and witnesses, and going forward no matter who the person is. That's my job to hold people accountable. I'm a very hard worker and a pit bull when it comes to my cases.
Top 3 priorities if elected: 1. public safety, working with law enforcement hand in hand to increase the safety of the community 2. Offender accountability — vigorously prosecuting offenders and holding them accountable for the crime by a conviction and an appropriate sentence, 3. victims rights.