Colfax County magistrate judge candidate

Primary 2018: Warren Walton

Posted 5/17/18

Warren Walton has served for 17 years as Colfax County Magistrate Court Judge, re-elected most recently in 2014, when he ran unopposed.He also ran unopposed in the 2010 Colfax County election, but …

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Colfax County magistrate judge candidate

Primary 2018: Warren Walton

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Warren Walton has served for 17 years as Colfax County Magistrate Court Judge, re-elected most recently in 2014, when he ran unopposed.

He also ran unopposed in the 2010 Colfax County election, but seeking to hold his seat in the middle of his fourth term this year, he faces a new challenger: Sarah Montoya, another native of Colfax County.

Walton served in the U.S. Army for six and a half years as a helicopter pilot. He ended his career honorably at the rank of captain.

After leaving the military, he and his family settled in Raton, where Walton worked as a teacher and then as a conductor on the BNSF Railway, a freight railroad.

In 2001, then Governor Gary Johnson appointed Warren to the position of magistrate judge in Colfax County.

Unlike his competitor, he does not possess a law degree, but received his certification in judicial studies from the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. A law degree is not required for the position.

"If re-elected, I hope to continue providing the citizens of Colfax County with a fair and just court system that strives to allow every individual their day in court," Warren said.

According to the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission, Walton was accused of having improper conversations with attorneys, defendants and their families outside of the courtroom. He was also accused of improperly charging attorneys with contempt of court.

As a result, the New Mexico Supreme Court placed Warren on a three-week probation and ordered him to take classes on judicial conduct.

- John Miller

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