Several Apply To Replace Retiring Judge Singleton


Several Apply To Replace Retiring Judge Singleton

Staff Report

Judge Sarah M. Singleton who served on the New Mexico First Judicial District Court retired Aug. 31, resulting in a vacancy in the State District Court that serves Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Los Alamos counties.

Two days before Judge Singleton stepped down from the bench the Court’s Judicial Selection Office announced the names of eight individuals who have applied for the job. Some of the individuals applying are not well known, but a few have run for office in the recent past.

The First Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet on Monday, Sept. 11, at 9:00 am at the Santa Fe County Courthouse located at 225 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico to evaluate the applicants for this position.

The Commission meeting is open to the public. Those wishing to make public comment are requested to be present at the opening of the meeting. The commission shall select up to three nominations from the eight applicants and submit those names to Governor Martinez who will make the final selection for a temporary appointment to the bench. Whoever is selected will have to stand for election in 2018.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order are:

  • Jerry Anthony Archuleta
  • Sean Michael Cunniff
  • Maria E. Sanchez-Gagne
  • Paul W. Grace
  • Matthew E. Jackson
  • Michael R. Jones
  • Jason Lidyard
  • Gregory S. Shaffer

Sarah M. Singleton was appointed as a district court judge in the First Judicial District of New Mexico by Governor Bill Richardson in 2009.  She stood for election in 2010 and for retention in 2014. In her 2014 retention election, she received over 80% yes vote to be retained.