R. John Duran was one of three current or former prosecutors short-listed by the Judicial Nominating Commission for an opening in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in Division 8 in 2013.
Duran, 41, got the appointment from the governor to fill the vacancy, lost the election to current Judge Jill Martinez and was swiftly appointed again to fill a new vacancy in 2014 after he again made the nominating commission’s list of qualified candidates – this time when Judge Cristina Jaramillo moved from Metro Court to District Court. There was barely a month in between his move from Division 8 to Division 3.
Duran, who changed parties earlier this year and now is a Democrat, is again running in a partisan election to keep his seat.
Renee Torres, 47, a member of Isleta Pueblo working as a judge at Zia Pueblo, filed to oppose him in the Democratic primary. No Republicans filed, so the winner of the primary is the de facto winner of the seat.