SANTA FE – Two would-be Green Party candidates for Santa Fe-area legislative seats won’t be on the November general election ballot, after state District Judge Sarah Singleton denied their appeal.
In June, former Santa Fe Municipal Judge Fran Gallegos filed as the Green nominee for the state Senate District 39 seat, where incumbent Sen. Ted Barela, R-Estancia, and Democratic Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics, who lives south of Santa Fe, are candidates. Sky Tallman filed as the Green candidate for House District 45, to face incumbent Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-Santa Fe.
Last month, the two Greens were disqualified, Gallegos by the Secretary of State’s Office and Tallman by the Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office, on grounds that the Green Party had failed to meet the deadline for certifying that Gallegos and Tallman were the party’s nominees.
A Green Party official later confirmed in writing that the two candidates were nominated at a state convention in April. The District Court appeal filed recently by Gallegos and Tallman said there was no dispute the Green Party nominated them and that it was “arbitrary and capricious” to not certify them for the ballot.
But after a hearing on Friday (July 29), Singleton denied the appeal, according John Anthony Aragon, the attorney who was representing the Green candidates. Singleton’s decision is the final action and the two candidates won’t be on the ballot, he confirmed.