Marco Serna Enters Race For DA In First Judicial District


Marco Serna Enters Race For DA In First Judicial District

SANTA FE – After talking to community leaders and his family, attorney Marco Serna has decided to enter the District Attorney’s race for the First Judicial District.

Serna is a product of the Santa Fe and Española community, attending Atalaya Elementary School and St. Michael’s Middle School and High School.  He received his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s. 

Serna began his legal work as a Senior Litigator for the State of NM Risk Management Department, and then transferred to the Thirteenth District Attorney’s office working his way up to Supervisor under the Deputy District attorney prosecuting violent felons. He most recently served as an Assistant Attorney General with Hector Balderas, prosecuting Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse.

Serna most notably was named Prosecutor of the year by the New Mexico Bar Association for Domestic Violence in 2013, and in 2014, he took on the Bandidos motorcycle gang and successfully prosecuted John “Jack” McDowell, a former New Mexico State Police officer, for murder and evidence tampering in the death of James Chavez. McDowell is now serving a life sentence in prison.

Former DA Angela Spence Pacheco retired Dec. 31, 2015 from the First Judicial District Attorney’s office.  Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Jennifer Padgett to fill the vacancy. At the time, Padgett was a registered Independent, however she has said she will re-register and run in the Democratic Primary June 7. 

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