Q&A: New Mexico Supreme Court Position Two Candidate Kerry J. Morris
- NAME: Kerry J. Morris
- POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
- OCCUPATION: Lawyer
- CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
- RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Lawyer for nearly 40 years, former prosecutor, Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office
- EDUCATION: BUS — University of New Mexico, 1977; JD UNM Law School, 1981
- CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: morrisforsupremecourt.com
- MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: General practice of law, successfully representing individuals, small businesses, insurance companies, New Mexico state agencies and others in a wide variety of legal matters.
- MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Being married to Gloria for over 34 years and raising a son, Andrew, who just graduated from college.
Why are you running and what strengths would you bring to the judiciary?
I bring nearly 40 years of experience being a lawyer. I have had an opportunity to experience firsthand, the implications of the decisions by the New Mexico Supreme Court on New Mexicans and how those decisions have changed, for better or worse, their lives, their families and their businesses. I know what it means when a court decision is made based on the judges’ personal or political views rather than the law. e.g. $5,000 fine for violating the governor’s closure order, rather than the statute that limits the fine to $100. If elected, as a justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, I will be committed to always putting the law before politics. I bring a commitment to follow the law as written, based on the original meaning of the words used by the legislature when the law was duly enacted, thereby bringing a consistent application of the law to the wide variety of cases that come before the court.
1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
2. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
3. 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?
Other than routine traffic violations, no.