Q&A: 2nd Judicial District Court judge Division 6 – Edward L. Benavidez
- Name: Edward L. Benavidez
- Political Party: Democratic
- Occupation: Prosecutor with the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office
City of Residence: Albuquerque
- Relevant Experience: Ten years as a Metropolitan Court Judge, four years as a felony prosecutor in Valencia and Bernalillo Counties. Four years as a public defender in Bernalillo County. Eight years in private practice doing criminal defense work.
- Education: Juris Doctor from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
- Campaign Website: edforjudge.org
- Major Professional Accomplishment: Elected chief judge of the Metropolitan Court by my colleagues.
- Major Personal accomplishment: Attaining my law degree. I was the youngest of 5 children growing up in Hurley. My siblings and most of my family worked in the copper mines of Grant County. I was able to get my college degree from New Mexico State University and attend law school in Lansing, Michigan.
Why are you running and what strengths would you bring to the Judiciary?
I enjoy public service and working in the criminal justice arena. I welcome the opportunity to protect the community and safeguard the constitutional rights of victims of crime and those accused of crime. I bring 26 years of experience in criminal law, including 10 years as a Metropolitan Court Judge.
Have your or your business ever been the subject of any state or federal tax lien?
Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state?
I was arrested for DWI in 1983 in El Paso, Texas. Thirty years later I was able to use that experience to help repeat DWI offenders as a DWI Drug Court Judge in Metropolitan Court. Our team reduced the recidivism rate of our program graduates to just under 4%.