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Bernalillo DA, Treasurer Face Challengers

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Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg will face a Democratic primary challenge from Jennifer Romero, a criminal-defense attorney and former public defender.

A half-dozen candidates, meanwhile, want to become Bernalillo County treasurer.

Those were among the races that took shape Tuesday, when major party candidates had to declare their intent to run for local offices.

Two Democratic incumbents – County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins and County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver – appear to have a smooth road to re-election. No one filed against them.

There’s still time, however, for write-in, independent or minor party candidates to emerge. Their filing day is in late June.

Here’s a look at the other races:

♦ Commissioner Art De La Cruz, a Democrat from the South Valley, faces a primary challenge from Zoe Economou. No Republicans are running.

♦ Commissioner Michael Wiener will face former Chamber of Commerce Chairman Lonnie Talbert in the Republican primary for the District 4 seat, which covers the northern part of the county, from the Northeast Heights to the West Side. No Democrats are running.

♦ Five Democrats and one Republican want to succeed Patrick Padilla as county treasurer. Padilla, a Democrat, couldn’t run again because he’s in his second consecutive term.

The Democratic candidates are Marcos Trujillo Jr.; Manny Ortiz, the treasurer’s investment officer; Dennis Latta, former head of the New Mexico Sports Authority and former Journal reporter; Joe R. Williams; and John Anthony Roybal.

The Republican candidate is George E. Torres.

♦ Brandenburg, who’s in her 12th year in office, will face Romero in the Democratic primary to keep the job of district attorney.

Romero is a private attorney who practices in criminal defense. She said she isn’t related to Jeff Romero, who was district attorney before Brandenburg.
— This article appeared on page C01 of the Albuquerque Journal

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