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District Attorney 3rd Judicial District

The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office prosecutes criminal activity occurring in Doña Ana County, and performs related services for victims and witnesses. The District Attorney is elected on a partisan basis for a 4-year term.

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    Shaharazad Booth
    (Dem)

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    Gerald Milton Byers
    (Dem)

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    Michael E Cain
    (Rep)

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    Fernando R Macias
    (Dem)

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    Ramona J. Martinez
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

1. What skills, education and prior experiences qualify you for this office?

2. If elected, what are your highest priorities?

3. What criminal justice reforms do you support, if any?

4. Explain what factors you would consider when declining to prosecute a case?

Campaign Mailing Address Confidential
Confidential, NM 88011-1639
Campaign Phone 5758008297
Campaign Website http://www.BoothforDA.com
Occupation Attorney
I am an attorney in Southern New Mexico with extensive trial experience and a network of prosecutors ready to return and work for our community to regain safety, seek justice on behalf of victims, and build back trust with law enforcement and those they protect and serve. I successfully led teams of prosecutors through the entire range of criminal cases. I trained officers in the academy and gave latest updates in caselaw that directly affected them. I was honored to win the Domestic Violence Prosecutor of the Year Award and Community Hero Award by the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence for my work on domestic violence cases. I have remained focused on improving the criminal justice system throughout my career.
The Third Judicial District Attorney's office is facing a crisis in staff and leadership. I have already received commitments with experienced prosecutors in this state to come back and restore the office. A staffed office of experienced prosecutors will allow for us to start enforcing the laws of the district. We can then start to focus on diversion courts and other measures to help continue to reduce crime in our community.
There are a few things I support when it comes to criminal justice reform, but I will start with supporting an increase of diversity in the courtroom, including racial, ethnic, and gender diversity, to ensure that the criminal justice system reflects the demographics and experiences of the population it serves. This will help inspire those in underrepresented communities and combat unconscious biases within the legal system.
Declining to prosecute a case is a significant decision that prosecutors must make carefully, considering various factors to ensure fairness, justice, and the efficient use of resources. The decision to decline prosecution involves a careful weighing of multiple factors, including but not limited to, the strength of the evidence, the interests of justice, the needs of the community, and the individual circumstances of the defendant and victim. Prosecutors should strive to exercise their discretion responsibly, in accordance with legal and ethical principles, to promote fairness and uphold the integrity of the criminal justice system.
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 13382
Las Cruces, NM 88013
Campaign Email byers4da@gmail.com
Campaign Phone 575-571-5213
Campaign Website http://geraldbyersda.com
Occupation District Attorney
I am the incumbent Dona Ana County District Attorney. For 26 consecutive years I have served exclusively as a prosecutor in New Mexico and Texas. I have prosecuted every case type from capital murders to traffic tickets. As DA I led my office through the COVID pandemic securing justice for victims. Prior to winning election I managed 2 different district attorney offices as Chief Deputy; overseeing budgets, personnel, administration, infrastucture investment, training; and interactions with governmental agencies, victims, and the public.
Public safety improvement through targeted focus on crime generators. Defendant accountability by using more diversionary programs as well as conventional sentencing. Continued and increased efforts with the legislature to approve more full time staff and attorney positions as well as finances to meet unfunded mandates required by bail reform and case management rule. Increased grant procurement to add to the current grants already utilized. Continue to obtain advanced technological capabilities to add to those we've recently acquired facilitating increased collaboration and case preparation with law enforcement
I support common sense criminal justice reforms. A non-violent defendant should not languish in jail pending trial just because they cannot pay a bond. But, bail reform should be able to be achieved without sacrificing public safety. Defendants who are experiencing mental health issues deserve timely, effective mental health services and fair treatment. Mental health system resources must be greatly increased. Justice processes should include the capacity for long term services if indicated.
One must decide what can be charged prior to considering whether to decline to charge. In order to do so one must have already evaluated any potential charges; assessed admissibility of evidence and witness testimony; conferred with victims and law enforcement; then ultimately decide if the proposed course of action is not only legal, but whether it is the "right" thing to do.
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Campaign Mailing Address 2700 Boldt St
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Campaign Email macias4da@gmail.com
Campaign Phone 575-202-5417
Campaign Website http://macias4da.com
Occupation Attorney/Administrator
I am a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC. I have an extensive legal background as a former district court judge (three years as Chief Judge), district public defender, executive director of New Mexico Legal Aid, assistant district attorney, and attorney in private practice. I served nine years as County Manager, managing budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars and overseeing hundreds of employees. As a State Senator I served as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. As General Manager of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission I managed the development of hundreds of environmental infrastructure projects in communities along the US/Mexico border. Former Chair of the Dona Ana County Commission.
Build a formidable legal team that will prosecute cases to reduce crime and build a safer community. Reduce the rate of dismissal of criminal cases. Increase safety in public schools by implementing programs to reduce gun violence. Prosecute adults and juveniles involved in crimes of violence including domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes. Keep repeat offenders and dangerous individuals incarcerated pending trial. Fast-track cases so victims and defendants do not wait an excessive amount of time for justice and accountability. Promote early intervention programs for juveniles. Address issues of mentally ill offenders, drug abuse, damage to property, shoplifting and animal cruelty. Operate the office with full transparency.
Fast track the prosecution of crimes of violence by both adults and juveniles. Reduce the time necessary to prosecute criminal cases with an emphasis on defendants remaining in custody, so that both victims and defendants are not waiting an excessive amount of time for justice and accountability. I will promote early intervention programs for juveniles by building partnerships with the schools, law enforcement agencies, and youth organizations to divert children from the criminal justice system as well as promoting aggressive anti-truancy programs. I will develop domestic and child abuse prevention programs.
Insufficient evidence to support the successful prosecution of the case.
Campaign Mailing Address Confidential
Confidential, NM 88005-3357
Campaign Email info@ramonafornm.com
Twitter @ramonafornm
Campaign Phone 5755410329
Campaign Website http://ramonafornm.com
Occupation Attorney
Growing up in rural New Mexico, I know how to build real connections. I studied law at the University of New Mexico, and I've worked extensively in the legislature, as well as in public service and private practice. This gives me a deep understanding of our legal system and community. As a single mother, my journey showcases resilience, inspiring others. My two decades of public service highlight my commitment to community well-being, positioning me as a steadfast advocate for justice. Transitioning to law practice reflects my dedication to fairness. Prioritizing community safety and addressing root causes of crime, I embody a progressive approach to justice. My experiences emphasize integrity, crucial for a District Attorney.
I'm dedicated to rebuilding trust with law enforcement and our Doña Ana community, prioritizing engagement with city and county partners. I'll ensure ample resources for our office and law enforcement and collaborate with schools, mental health organizations, and community groups. I'll prioritize well-trained staff and implement trauma-informed programs, valuing our team's contribution. In addition to holding repeat offenders accountable, I'll invest in diversion programs to address root causes of crime. Treating victims with empathy will encourage their participation in prosecuting crimes. Timely prosecution of cases will be a priority to ensure swift justice. Through community engagement, we'll create a safer community for everyone.
I'm dedicated to evidence-based criminal justice reforms that target root causes of crime and ensure fairness for all New Mexicans. Instead of solely incarceration, I will advocate for collaboration with healthcare, education, and social services to address issues like drugs, mental illness, and homelessness. Pretrial diversion programs will play a crucial role, providing accountability while reducing recidivism and offering rehabilitation opportunities. Prioritizing diversion over incarceration for nonviolent offenses breaks the cycle of crime and benefits both individuals and communities. I'm committed to tirelessly pursuing fair justice for all New Mexicans through smart criminal justice reform.
My approach to declining prosecution is rooted in fairness, justice, and public safety. I will carefully evaluate evidence to ensure a fair trial and prioritize cases that pose a significant threat to our community's safety. I will ensure victims are heard and treated with empathy and respect. Additionally, I will assess the potential impact of prosecution on community trust in the justice system. I will commit to exploring alternative interventions for nonviolent or low-level offenses, aiming for rehabilitation over punishment. Overall, my decision-making process is guided by a commitment to fairness, equity, and the well-being of all community members.