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Raphaelson not retained by voters

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Courts > Judge announced Wednesday she would step down

By Tris DeRoma

While Los Alamos voters voted to return magistrate court judge Pat Casados and municipal court judge Alan Kirk to their benches Tuesday, a different fate awaited Los Alamos First Judicial District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson.
Raphaelson, who is also a judge in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties, was recalled by the voters in her district Tuesday, the official numbers being verified by late Wednesday afternoon.
Here’s how each county voted according to the unofficial results:
Los Alamos: 3,366 voters voted to recall her.
2,902 voters voted to retain her.
Rio Arriba: 3,304 voters voted to recall her.
3,761 voters voted to retain her.
Santa Fe: 16,001 voters voted to recall her.
22,168 voters voted to retain her.
Raphaelson needed at least 57 percent of the overall vote to keep her job, she fell short of that by about one percent point, with 55.98 percent of the voters voting to keep her and 44.02 percent of the voters voting to let her go, according to the unofficial figures on the website of the New Mexico Secretary of State.
Even though the “yes” or “no” decision kept changing into Wednesday morning, when Raphaelson is usually conducting district court in Los Alamos, Raphaelson had already decided she had lost the voters’ confidence at that point.


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