Republican Women host magistrate, district judge candidates at luncheon

March 19, 2014 • Local News

From left: Chaves County Magistrate Judges John Halvorson, K.C. Rogers, magistrate judge candidate Bobby Arnett, and 5th Judicial District Court Judges Ray Romero and James Hudson spoke Wednesday at the Chaves County Republican Women’s luncheon. (Courtesy Photo)

Hundreds attended the Chaves County Republican Women luncheon Wednesday to hear from 5th Judicial District and magistrate judge candidates.

Though sitting judges were limited in what they could discuss, the speakers shared their backgrounds and talked about their personal thoughts about serving on the bench.

Attendees also included several newly elected city councilors, Mayor Dennis Kintigh and former Mayor Del Jurney, and many state and county elected officials. Candidates for other county offices also visited with the luncheon guests.

Fifth Judicial Judges Jim Hudson and Ray Romero, both unopposed, spoke about their experiences.

Hudson was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez in 2013. Hudson spent 28 years, mainly dealing in litigation, with the Hinkle Law Firm. He is a single parent with two daughters, he said.

He shared two impressions he’s formed as a new judge.

“The first is that the 5th Judicial District is comprised of people who are incredibly hard-working,” Hudson said. “Although I did litigation for many years, I never really had a true appreciation for how hard the people work.”

In the fiscal year of 2013, Chaves County had 4,400 new and reopened cases. The district had more than 12,000 and 89,000 filings. Each filing is sent to a judge, Hudson said.

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