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Tally in for campaign spending

A magistrate judge candidate dropped most money at over $16K.


June 3, 2018

Area political candidates have spent almost $85,000 this campaign season in effort to become the next magistrate judge, county commissioner or sheriff, records show.

The primary election is Tuesday.

The financial reports from the New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System — — are through Thursday.

Curry County Magistrate Judge candidate Stephen Whittington has spent the most money, according to the CFIS: $16,680.50.

His opponents in the Republican Division 2 judge race have also been big spenders: Shaun Burns, Donald Sawyer and Sean Martinez combining to spend more than $27,000.

Martinez is the only candidate among the four who is not his own largest contributor.

In the Republican race for Curry County’s Division 1 magistrate judge, Janemarie Vander Dussen has outspent opponent Keith Farkas, $7,979 to $646, the records show.

In Roosevelt County, sheriff candidates Malin Parker and Darrell Chenault have combined to spend more than $17,000 on their campaigns. Both candidates’ funds have come from multiple donors, the records show.

Campaign expenditures

Curry County

Democratic Party

Magistrate Judge Division 1

• Terry Martin: $0

• Nicole Roybal: $4,616.79

Republican Party

Magistrate Judge Division 1

• Janemarie A. Vander Dussen: $7,979.04

• Keith A. Farkas: $646

Magistrate Judge Division 2

• Shaun Burns: $12,836.15

• Stephen R. Whittington: $16,680.50

• Sean N. Martinez: $4,598.12

• Donald T. Sawyer Jr: $9,829.21

Commission District 4

• Dillon R. Lewis: $1,023

• Seth H. Martin: $638.31

Roosevelt County

Republican Party

Magistrate Judge

• James S. Southard: $0

• Christopher D. Mitchell: $0

• Jimmy D. Parrish: $2,174.72

• Michelle Bargas: $9.46

Commission District 4

• Tina M. Dixon: $5,006.71

• Gene Creighton: $1,352.40


• Darrell W. Chenault: $8,184.45

• Malin K. Parker: $9,153.04



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