In a spirited contest Judge Barbara J. Vigil won the Democratic nomination for Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court on Saturday. Judge Vigil was selected over John Kelly on the second ballot at the Democratic Party State Central Committee meeting held in Albuquerque. She will stand for election in the November 6, 2012 General Election.
Barbara J. Vigil is the Chief Judge of the First Judicial District Court in New Mexico. The First Judicial District encompasses the counties of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties in northern New Mexico. Judge Vigil is respected across the state of New Mexico as being a fair, dedicated and experienced Judge. Judge Vigil is running for the position of New Mexico Supreme Court Justice, to fill the position of retiring Justice Patricio M. Serna.
Judge Vigil has served as District Court Judge for over 12 years and has presided over thousands of cases in the areas of complex civil litigation, family and domestic relations matters, child abuse and neglect cases, juvenile delinquency cases, criminal proceedings and appeals of administrative decisions.
While serving as District Court Judge, Judge Vigil also served 10 years as a Children’s Court Judge. Judge Vigil was instrumental in the creation of Juvenile Justice Boards in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. These boards served as a vehicle for the receipt of state and federal funds for many social programs serving at-risk youth.
Vigil was chosen over John Kelly on the second ballot at the State Central Committee Meeting according to Democratic Party rules. Judge Victor Lopez, Cate Stetson, and Michelle Hernandez also contested for the nomination on the first ballot.