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Grant County Magistrate Judge Division 1

Magistrate JudgeOne of 67 judges in the state. There are 54 magistrate courts. Courts have limited jurisdiction, jury trials. Hear these types of cases: Tort, contract landlord/tenant rights up to $10,000, felony preliminary hearings, misdemeanor, DWI/DUI and other traffic violations. Must be at least 18 years of age, reside in the district from which elected, and have graduated from high school or attained the equivalent. Four-year term.Juez MagistradoUno de los 67 jueces del estado. Hay 54 tribunales de primera instancia. Los tribunales tienen jurisdicción limitada, juicios con jurado. Escuchan estos tipos de casos: agravios, derechos contractuales de propietarios e inquilinos de hasta $10,000, audiencias preliminares de delitos graves, delitos menores, sanciones por conducir bajo los efectos o influencia del alcohol o estupefacientes (DWI/DUI) y otras violaciones de tráfico. Debe tener al menos 18 años de edad, residir en el distrito en el que sea elegido y haberse graduado de la escuela preparatoria o equivalente. Mandato de cuatro años.

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    Matt Runnels

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    Patrick W Snedeker

Biographical Information

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

2. If elected, what are your highest priorities?

3. Would the county be better served with a metropolitan court system? Please explain.

4. What changes are needed, if any, to improve the magistrate court system?

Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 995
Silver City, NM 88062
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I have a world of life experiences that have prepared me for this. I am neither from a prosecutorial, defense or law enforcement background. Which make me fair, honest and qualified to render judgement in an unbiased manner, untainted. As magistrate judge, I will use this role to be a unifier of local systems to address many of Grant Counties problem. I will be firm and ensure violent and habitual offenders are held accountable, while taking a smart approach to addressing crime that utilizes proactive measures such as restorative justice and advocacy to more quality-of-life resources such as the reinstatement of the Behavioral Health Unit at Gila Regional Medical Center.
Following up on sentences and making sure that they are followed through with. Holding those accountable that don't follow the guidelines set forth for them.
No this is the "Peoples Court" and it should be returned to them.
Follow up has to be improved upon.
Campaign Mailing Address 2200 Pinon Street
Silver City, NM 88061
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Occupation Retired Correctional Administrator
Native of Grant County, NM. BA Degree- -Social Science- WNMU. MA Degree-Educational Administration-WNMU. Certified Secondary School Teacher. Secondary level school teacher-1 year-Douglas, AZ. Secondary level substitute school teacher-3 yrs.-Silver City High School. 31 year Corrections Career-Correctional Administrator, Treatment and Rehabilitation, and Administration of Criminal Justice processes.
The delivery of comprehensive, constitutionally sound, impartial, fair, and transparent Administration of Justice, and Magistrate Judge judicial services, to the community and its citizens.
No. NM Constitutional mandates, and Legislative enactments, provide for Magistrate Court services.
The continued development of, and commitment to, the NM Supreme Court, and its Court Education Institution of training, education, programs and services, for all courts and personnel.