Opinion: Experienced investigator, law enforcement officer asks for vote

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Edwardo Martinez is candidate for Taos County magistrate judge.

Hello, my name is Edwardo C. Martinez and I am running for Taos County Magistrate Court Judge Division II in the upcoming primary election to be held on June 2.

I would like to share some information about myself. I was born in Los Alamos, but raised in Ranchos de Taos. I graduated from Taos High School in 1994. My family can be traced back to Taos and the Northern New Mexico area multiple generations as ranchers, land owners, educators and farmers.

My family instilled in me a good work ethic. I grew up working hard every summer doing construction work since the age of 13. As a young man, I made a decision to serve my community. I thought the best way to do that was to become a police officer.

I attended Northern New Mexico College and earned two associates degrees in criminal justice and police science. I joined the Taos Police Department at the age of 20 where I was commissioned as a New Mexico law enforcement officer after attending the New Mexico Basic Police Academy.

About five years later, in 2002, I was accepted into the New Mexico State Police Academy. I successfully completed one of the best disciplined and well-trained police academies in the nation.

As years passed, I found myself learning a lot about the law, the courts, the criminal justice system, court procedure, policies and case law. I understood many aspects of the law as it was written. I signed up to take many criminal justice and law classes. I was a patrol officer with the New Mexico State Police stationed in the Española/Taos area for just over a year when I was recruited into the New Mexico State Police Criminal Investigation Division.

The supervisor who recruited me sat me down and pulled out a folder with several felony criminal cases I had worked hard to solve. He told me I was being recruited because I showed initiative in solving these crimes and was successful in doing so.

During my time in Criminal Investigation Bureau, I investigated many murders, rapes, narcotics, fraud, forgery and other crimes throughout the state. I was very well trained and became an instructor and witness expert, among many other disciplines.

I was later recruited to work for the State Police Narcotics Bureau to include working alongside the Region III Narcotics Task Force. I worked many large-scale narcotic operations throughout New Mexico, including Taos County. I returned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau, where I continued to work felony cases.

I was promoted to uniform sergeant for two years and then to lieutenant as the Taos sub-district commander where I managed operations for six years from top to bottom. I was later selected by the chief of the state police to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

I attended the 11-week academy and successfully completed it with honors, including earning a Yellow Brick for completing a 6 mile U.S. Marine Corps obstacle course. I also earned a certificate in criminal justice education from the University of Virginia. I have earned over 2,500 hours of advanced training in many aspects of criminal and civil law. I have over two decades of experience working with municipal, magistrate, district and federal courts.

I retired from the New Mexico State Police on January 1, 2020. During my 23-year career, I learned the value of my community and that we all have to live and work together.

I have investigated some of the most tragic and gruesome cases and interviewed some of the most dangerous people. I have done my very best to do my job while treating everyone with fairness, respect and compassion. I have worked hard to hold those accountable for their actions, but just as hard to clear those who have been falsely accused or whose rights have been violated.

I hold the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution very dear and swore an oath to defend it. If elected as your next judge, I will continue to serve my community with dignity, honor, respect and fairness. I believe I have the best combination of training, academics and real-life experience to serve you honorably as your next magistrate court judge and I ask for your vote on June 2.

Edwardo C. Martinez is a candidate for Taos magistrate judge Division II.

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