The University of New Mexico School of Law’s First Judicial Court Nominating Commission announced its list of candidates Tuesday night for the judicial vacancy in New Mexico’s First Judicial District, Division 5.
The First Judicial District covers the counties of Rio Arriba, Los Alamos and Santa Fe. Sheri Raphaelson, the judge that occupied the Division 5 seat for four years, was voted out in the 2014 election.
The candidates for the position include, Jennifer L. Attrep, Julia Hosford Barnes, Paul William Grace, Tyr R. Loranger and Christopher Romero. All of them are practicing attorneys.
At least two of the candidates, Attrep and Loranger, have ties to Los Alamos. Loranger, a private attorney based in Santa Fe, is a regular at the Los Alamos County Justice Center, having defended numerous residents here.
Attrep, meanwhile, grew up in Los Alamos and is a graduate of Los Alamos High School.
She is a practicing attorney currently living in Santa Fe. She is the only attorney on the list that has experience serving as a district judge, having served a few months in 2014 in the First Judicial District.