SANTA FE — A prosecutor in the Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that she is running for the top position.
Mary Carmack-Altwies says she will be a Democratic candidate for district attorney in the 2020 election. Current DA Marco Serna, elected in 2016, is running for U.S. Congress.
“I’m worried that our neighborhoods no longer feel safe,” Carmack-Altwies said in a written statement. “We all know the root causes of crime: drug addiction, lack of educational and job opportunities, and generational poverty. We have the opportunity to elect a new District Attorney in 2020 who will attack these root causes fearlessly, professionally, and responsibly.”
Carmack-Altwies says on her campaign website that she graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law and has practiced criminal law for 14 years, including working as a public defender and running her own practice.
She says she is currently the head of the special victims and violent crimes divisions at the Santa Fe DA’s office.
Scott Fuqua, 43, an attorney now in private practice in Santa Fe and formerly with the state Attorney General’s Office as head of the Office Litigation Division under Gary King, also has siad that he will run for district attorney.
The Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office covers Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties.