Two Democrats, Christine Rodriguez and Karlos Ulibarri, want the party nod to take on incumbent Republican Metropolitan Court Judge Chris Schultz come November.
Schultz has been appointed twice by the governor, the second time after serving a few months and being defeated in the general election.
Rodriguez, 44, earned a business administration degree from New Mexico State University in 1995 and a law degree in 2002 from University of New Mexico School of Law.
Following graduation, she worked for the Metro Court as a prosecutor and later moved to handling felonies in the gang crimes division of the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Since 2007, she has worked at Gap Inc. in the contracts governance and real estate processes departments.
She and her husband, Ambrosio Rodgriguez, have three children, a job she says gives her the greatest sense of purpose and pride.
“I intend to lead by example and instill a sense of community pride and duty upon my children,” she says.
Rodriguez says her background in contracts and criminal law have made her well-rounded in the law and allow her to preside over cases with renewed energy and perspective.
Ulibarri, 55, is a criminal defense and personal injury lawyer who graduated from the UNM School of Law in 2000.
He also holds a UNM degree in political science, according to his law firm website. He is a former assistant public defender.
Ulibarri did not respond to a request for an interview from the Journal.
Christine E. Rodriguez
POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
EDUCATION: Juris Doctor, UNM School of Law, 2002; Bachelor of Business Administration, New Mexico State University, 1995
OCCUPATION: Attorney/Manager Gap Inc. Contracts Governance Dept. & Real Estate Processes Dept., 2007–2016; 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2002-2007 (Felony prosecutor in the Gang Crimes Division & Metro Court prosecutor)
FAMILY: Ambrosio (“A.C.”) Rodriguez; two children and one stepchild
POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Prosecutor for the 2nd Judicial District (2002-2007)
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Earning my law degree and serving the citizens of Bernalillo County as a civil servant is my proudest professional achievement. My dream is to continue that service as your next Metro Court judge.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: The family that my husband and I are raising gives me the most sense of purpose and pride. I intend to lead by example and instill a sense of community pride and duty upon my children.
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: facebook.com/Christine-Rodriguez-for-Metro-Court-Judge-184530985224911
Karlos Ulibarri did not respond to the Journal’s questionnaire.
Why are you running and what strengths would you bring to the judiciary?
Rodriguez: This community has afforded me an education, a career, and a home. Serving on the judiciary would allow me to give back in an impactful way. I will be decisive, fair, and unbiased. My vast criminal law and contractual legal experience makes me well-rounded and will allow me to preside with a renewed energy and perspective.
Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
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?