On Thursday evening Doña Ana County Democrats heard from Judge Victor S. Lopez and Judge Barbara J. Vigil, who are seeking the Democratic nomination to fill the Serna vacancy on the New Mexico Supreme Court in November. Both judicial candidates addressed local Democrats at the monthly executive committee meeting at the new Dona Ana County Democratic campaign headquarters on N. Water St. in Las Cruces. Judge Lopez is from Albuquerque, Judge Vigil is from Santa Fe. Each of the candidates made the journey south to meet personally with Democrats in Doña Ana County.
Under New Mexico law, members of the New Mexico Democratic Party State Central Committee will name the Democratic candidate for the Supreme Court vacancy later this summer. Lopez and Vigil will contest with several other announced candidates in seeking the nomination.
New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Patricio Serna announced earlier this month that he is retiring later this summer. Serna will retire effective at midnight Aug. 31. Serna, who is 72 has served on the court for 16 years, having been elected to the post in November 1996.
The position will ultimately be filled by voters in the November general election.
The Doña Ana County Democratic campaign headquarters at 136 N. Water St. in Las Cruces will have a formal opening and begin regular staffing later this month.