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State of New Mexico

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: New Mexico

Campaign Conduct

According to New Mexico's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates shall not:

  • With respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office.
  • Misrepresent the identity, qualifications, present position, or other material fact concerning themselves or their opponents. 

Judicial candidates are required to "refrain from campaign fund-raising activity which has the appearance of impropriety" and to establish campaign committees to conduct campaigns and manage campaign funds. Judicial candidates may solicit contributions for their own campaigns, but they may not solicit or accept contributions from attorneys or parties in cases pending before them. Campaign committees are barred from knowingly soliciting contributions from litigants with pending cases before the candidate, and they are not to disclose to the candidate the sources of the funds they raise.