Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados has announced she’ll be running for her fourth term.
Though elections for the judgeship do not take place until November 2014, she said recent experiences and events have prompted her to toss her hat into the ring early.
Her attendance at a statewide conference for magistrate judges is one of the events that helped her make the decision. She said meeting with her colleagues and becoming a mentor to a new judge are the two factors that really helped her with the decision.
“You start looking at your job in a new way when you become a mentor,” she said, adding she was also re-elected secretary-treasurer of the New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association, which furthers her commitment to an office she’s held since 2003.
“I still love the job, and I also have some projects I’ve started that I want to see finished,” she said.
She’s also a member of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Rules Committee. The committee’s function is to routinely examine court rules and if need be, update them, a process that never ends, she said.
“It’s a long term project, and I’m anxious to see it grow. It’s never going to be an ending project, because the rules require regular examination.”