Republicans running for probate judge in June 5 primary
FARMINGTON — The Primary elections are Tuesday, June 5. Three Republicans are running for probate judge in the primary elections. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Probate judges handle the transferring of property from people who have died to their heirs.
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Gary Edd Risley
Risley first ran for probate judge 16 years ago and served two terms before reaching the term limits. He is currently an attorney and a large portion of his practice focuses on probate law and estate planning.
Risley received a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He has a juris doctor degree from the Baylor University School of Law.
He has been the chairman and vice-chairman of the San Juan County Republican Party.
Risley has also been involved in the San Juan Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors for Navajo Ministries.
Brandt E. Thrower
Like Risley, Thrower is an attorney at a local law firm and often handles probate cases and estate planning.
Thrower is the son of the current probate judge, Larry Thrower. Larry Thrower is not running for re-election because he has reached term limits.
Stacey D. Biel
Biel has more than 30 years experience in the legal field and currently serves as a judge pro-tem in municipal court. She also runs an insurance office.
She previously served nearly six years as a magistrate judge and has 15 years experience at district court. She also worked in the district attorney’s office for three years.
While serving as a magistrate judge, she was a cadre instructor at the University of New Mexico’s judicial education center and developed a curriculum for magistrate judges.
She was appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court to counsel and train judges.
Biel has served in leadership positions for the San Juan Republican Women, San Juan Rotary, Boys & Girls Clubs and Halverson House.