Democrat Jennifer DeLaney will now be sworn in as District Court judge in Jan. 2013 after defeating incumbent Judge Jarod Hofacket with 11,153 votes to 8,592. DeLaney took 56 percent of the vote in the race that includes Luna, Hidalgo and Grant Counties.
After receiving word she won the race, she recalled a story she has told on the campaign trail about the daughter of a security guard at the Sixth District Courthouse wanting to take a picture with her, believing she was a judge. She could not live up to the girl's expectation because, technically, she was the Special Master, not a judge.
Now she hopes to track down that girl and her friends to pose for a photo.
"I think it's very exciting," she said. "I'm very proud to be the first female (Sixth) District Court judge."
For the Sixth District Attorney's race, which also includes Grant, Hidalgo and Luna Counties, Francesca Estevez, a Democrat, defeated Republican Gabor George Zsoka's 7,015.
Locally, among only voters in Luna County's District No. 3, incumbent Democrat Javier Diaz kept his seat after securing 1,065 votes, or 49 percent, to Independent Martha Long's 563 and Republican Philip Skinner's 542.
"I'm humbled by the support," Diaz said. "I really didn't understand that the community understands what this team is doing and that we're on track."
He says he wants to continue his goals for the county in terms of making the government more efficient and more transparent. He also pledged to remain a fiscal conservative with a watchful eye on taxpayer money.
Candidates for county clerk and county treasurer, Andrea Rodriguez and Dora Madrid, respectively, both Democrats, ran unopposed and won.
Statewide, Democrat Senator John Arthur Smith carried District No. 35 - which now includes portions of Doña Ana County as well - with 5,388 votes to Republican Russell Allen's 2,574.
District No. 32 incumbent Democrat Dona Irwin secured her seat, with 4,886 votes to Republican Thomas Guerra's 2,646.
Voters in Luna County were almost identically split for the U.S. President race, with 3,333 going toward the victorious Barack Obama and 3,300 going toward the Mitt Romney ticket. President Obama took New Mexico on his way to an Electoral College victory.
Statewide, every constitutional amendment and bond question passed. The issues concerned various state boards and issuing of bonds for schools, senior centers and libraries.
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