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Candidate for House District 60, Rio Rancho

I am a Democrat!  I strongly believe in the democratic values that have always supported the common person.  I have worked tirelessly for those values.  I am a member of the board of the Democratic Women of Sandoval County  and member of Organizing for America.    
I have worked for 40 years.  Twenty-five of those years were at Intel.  I have a proven record of accomplishments.  I developed the only Semi-Conductor training lab in the industry.  We trained people from all over the world to enhance technical ability.

Board of Bar Commissioners
Judge and Judicial Candidate for 2nd Judicial District, Div 10

Christina P. Argyres is a district court judge in the Second Judicial District of New Mexico. She was elected to the court in 2012 to a term which begins in 2013 and expires in January 2015.  She is running for retention in 2014.
Ms. Argyres has been a sole practitioner since 2002 and a contract attorney with the State of New Mexico since November 2009.  Previously she worked as an Assistant Public Defender at Metropolitan Court with the State Public Defender’s Office.  She also worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1998 to 2000 on the largest Medicaid fraud case in New Mexico.  
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Elizabeth is a small business owner with a big heart. She provides creative consultation to an array of diverse businesses for large and small initiatives. Innovation, education, and inspiration are the factors that guide her approach. She is a long-time activist and advocate and has served on many boards. She has worked for various non-profits helping to empower women, eliminate racism, and create better access to healthcare.

Natalie currently works for Sandia National Laboratories in the Communications Department as a Customer Relations and Marketing representative.  The achievement she is most proud of is graduating with her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in December 2010.  She was born and raised in the Albuquerque Old Town area and grew up in a Hispanic family of artists.

Candidate for House District 17, Albuquerque

Deborah has been a physical therapist for thirty-five years. Early in her career she developed a passion for home and community-based services and patient autonomy in decision-making. This prompted her to increasingly focus her work in healthcare administration, to attend law school to further her interests in health policy and advocacy and to eventually accept an appointment as Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Aging.
Today she is a small business owner providing consulting and governmental relation services and is immersed in healthcare reform.

Nancy Baca is a former journalist who now runs a small business. She spent nearly two decades as a journalist, working as a reporter and an editor for the Albuquerque Journal, the Albuquerque Tribune and the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. While working as a journalist she served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and president of Unity Journalists of Color, both trade organizations.
Nancy is a fifth generation New Mexican who grew up in Albuquerque.

Candidate for Dona Ana County Commission

Beth Bardwell lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico on the Rio Grande with her husband and two daughters. Beth has a Masters of Science in Biology from New Mexico State University (1999) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law (1987). Her legal practice included labor law, Indian law, and criminal law, including work for the Navajo Nation and the City of Flagstaff, Arizona. After seven years practicing law, she fell in love with birding and returned to school to study biology.

Darly is a Haitian-American who is married with three children. She is the recording secretary of NCNW and co-Founder of Families 2 Families Relief.  She plans to run for the Board of Education and win.

Sandra Barnhart y Chavez has over 30 years of experience practicing law. Her passion is working in Children’s Court. She is ABA certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. Barnhart y Chavez worked formerly as a Guardian Ad Litem for children in court. She is also on the Board of Directors for State Bar Children’s Law Section. Barnhart y Chavez is a founding member of the State Bar Lawyer Referral for the Elderly and Pro Bono College NM State Bar.

Judicial Candidate for Second Judicial District Court, Division 4

Beatrice Brickhouse began her public service career as an officer in the United States Army. After graduating from law school in 1993, Judge Brickhouse began serving the citizens of New Mexico as an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting felonies, including crimes against women and children. In 1996, she transitioned to private practice, representing indigent citizens in civil rights and criminal matters. Judge Brickhouse moved to Bernalillo County in 1999, and after taking time to start a family, served as a DWI hearing officer.

Candidate for House District 30, Albuquerque

It is my intention to be a citizen legislator, not a career politician; I wish to bring a fresh voice of an average citizen to the roundhouse.
My professional career is as a licensed architect. I have worked on a number of wonderful projects in the 30 years I have practiced. My career has taught me to listen, to be detail oriented, and to know who my client is. I have managed very large complex projects, and through this process I have learned excellent negotiating skills.

Candidate for District Attorney, 9th Judicial District

After attending Case Western University, where Jennifer Burrill received her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in litigation and international law, Burill was accepted to the bar in 2004. She has been practicing law in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office as well as in her own private law practice in Clovis, where her experience in the court room ranges from criminal to family law cases. Burill’s accomplishments practicing law have gotten her recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Attorney.

Bernalillo County Chair; Candidate for Re-election
Candidate for House District 38, Silver City

Guadalupe Esperanza Cano is a native of Silver City, New Mexico. The granddaughter of a local Union leader, and the daughter of two local activists, she learned at a young age to be a voice for the people. Her interest in politics began with her high school student council, and she has been an active member of the Democratic party since she was eligible to vote twelve years ago. Her campaign experience involves working for candidates from local city council, all the way to President during the Obama campaign, but her passion is for state-level politics.

Cynthia Chavers is a Licensed Master of Social Work.  She has worked for the State of New Mexico for 13 years, and has been a supervisor for ten of those years.  She has also worked as a therapist with in various settings, including drug treatment, couples counseling, group therapy, and work with sex offenders.  Ms. Chavers is considered an expert in the field of child welfare.  She has experience giving community presentations on the subject, and on identifying the symptoms of abuse in children.  

Board of Bar Commissioners

Ms. Chicoski has a wide range of litigation experience in both criminal and civil law.  In August 2010, she founded Chicoski Law Firm, LLC, where she focuses on criminal defense, personal injury, and civil rights litigation.  Past experience includes the New Mexico Public Defender Department, the Public Safety Division for the Albuquerque City Attorney’s Office, and Orraj, Anderson & Obrey-Espinoza where she served as staff counsel for Farmers Insurance Exchange and its affiliates.

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