This week, more of the Journal North’s endorsements in key local races in the Democratic primary.
District attorney: Mary Carmack-Altwies
About a year ago, Carmack-Altweis joined the staff of the Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office, an agency that under outgoing incumbent Marco Serna has faced criticism from the public, and fines and scoldings from judges for failures in managing several cases – most significantly, a murder prosecution where delays by the DA’s Office led to letting the defendant walk free without facing trial.
So experience in that office would not normally be a selling point for Carmack-Altwies. But she acknowledges the problems in the office, said she saw them first-hand as a defense attorney and that she was brought on board to help fix things in an operation that had “no well-defined hierarchy.”