Albuquerque residents vote to keep some Metro Court judges

Local Elections

Correction Below:

Almost all of the Metro Court judge survived their vote for retention even though it was recommended to not give them your vote. 

Judges Edward Benavidez and Kenny Montoya were not retained. 

Judges Edward Benavidez Michelle Castillo Dowler, Kenny Montoya and Linda Rogers all got “do not retain” ratings from the nonpartisan review team called “J-PEC.” 

Judges at large have been criticized in the metro recently as crime has surged, but a nonpartisan group, Common Cause New Mexico, says many voters find it too tough to research cases and decisions judges make. 

“It’s really telling that the Judicial Performance Commission said four of those judges shouldn’t be retained in this last election, and some of them were…and that goes to the public wasn’t well informed that information wasn’t accessible to them,” said Heather Ferguson, Executive Director of Common Cause New Mexico. 

The League of Women voters publishes a nonpartisan voters guide for elections. They said they’d consider publishing a link to the J-PEC recommendations in the future. 


Correction: In a previous version we said all Metro Court judge survived their vote for retention . That is incorrect. Two out of the 18 were not retained. 

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