In a letter to Doña Ana County Democrats and other supporters longtime civil rights advocate Paul A. “Pablo” Martinez formally announced his candidacy for Doña Ana County Magistrate Judge today. In his announcement Martinez outlined his strong background in criminal justice and community service along with civil rights.
Martinez, has a professional legal training and educational background, and a professional background in corrections. Martinez is seeking to fill the vacancy left at the Magistrate Court by the resignation of Olivia Garcia earlier this year.
His statement of candidacy follows:
“After careful review and consideration, I have decided to run for this position and will formally submit my paperwork this coming Tuesday, March 20, 2012. I desire to earn this position through the democratic and electoral process. I am seeking your support as fellow Democrats and leaders of our county’s party. All I yearn for is a fighting chance to earn this position through your trust and confidence. I will be the people’s judge, elected by the people and for the people.”
“Most of you who know me are cognizant of my record or involvement in human and civil rights. I have always been loyal and faithful to our party, since I have lived and resided in New Mexico. My involvement in civil rights has always been consistent within our own party’s platform and values. I have always believed and raised my own children on those democratic principles of contributing back to our society by becoming involved and engaged in civic duties and responsibilities.
“I am a retired law enforcement and corrections administrator with the New Mexico Corrections Department. I was the former Superintendent of the J. Paul Taylor Center with the Juvenile Justice Service of the Children, Youth and Families Department. I was a Unit Administrator at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facilities and had oversight over the operations of custody levels III, IV and VI housing units. I was active in drafting unit management plans and several NMCD policies and procedures. I was on various appeals review committees for inmate formal and informal grievances and discipline. I served on the NM Gang Task Force (NMGTF) and was a former chairperson of the Legislative Committee for the NMGTF. I am one of founding members of the International Latino Gangs Investigator’s Association (ILGIA). This is a professional gang investigators and training organization. I have experience in dealing with disruptive and security threat groups during my law enforcement careers in both New Mexico and California. I have provided international training with Mexican counterparts to combat security threat and disruptive groups domestic and abroad.
“I am a family man. I have been married for almost 25 years. I have two sons and one daughter. All have attended public education through the Las Cruces Public Schools.
“I received formal education and training at Fullerton College, Cal State Fullerton and Western State University College of Law. This legal training was to enhance my law enforcement career. I also received Paralegal Certification at the University of New Mexico when I lived in northern New Mexico.
“I have a comprehensive understanding of the civil and criminal justice process. I am a firm believer in public safety, but at the same time, I will not compromise one’s civil rights with respect to violating the fundamental principles and constitutional guarantees, which are due process rights. I possess a professional aptitude and temperament required to properly administer sound and prudent judgment. I am fair, firm and consistent. My belief is not about rendering decisions influenced by popularity or what may be considered politically correct. It is all about justice and doing the right thing. That is, following the letter and spirit of the law, not acting arbitrary or capricious. Politics does not belong in the judiciary. It is about providing fair and impartial hearings. Justice is determining facts as opposed to conjecture and administering applicable laws to base a just outcome” Paul Martinez said.