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Incumbents win magistrate judge bids

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Lisa Dunlap Photo “We had a lot of good support and I appreciate the Chaves County residents allowing me to serve for another four years,” E.J. Fouratt says.

Voters overwhelmingly decided to return Republican E.J. Fouratt to the bench for another four years.

He received 8,058 votes, 78.6 percent of the 10,250 cast for the Division 2 magistrate judge race. His opponent, Libertarian Mayna Erika Myers, an asset protection manager and political newcomer, garnered 2,192 votes, according to unofficial totals Tuesday night.

Results will become official Friday afternoon when the Chaves County Board of Commissioners meets to certify the results.

Unopposed in the primaries, Fouratt has been a magistrate judge since September 2015, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge John Halvorson. He previously was a New Mexico State Police officer and a New Mexico Military Institute campus police officer.

He said the campaign had gone well and that he thought that voter support reflected his contributions to the area over the past decades, as well as hard work on the campaign.

“We had a lot of good support and I appreciate the Chaves County residents allowing me to serve for another four years,” Fouratt said. “I have been a public servant in Roswell for almost the last 30 years. I am very well known here and I love Chaves County.”

He added that his goals are “to continue to work hard for the citizens of Chaves County and to see what we can do to branch out in magistrate court a little bit with maybe alternative sentencing and such.”

Keith “K.C.” Rogers, a Republican, also has been re-elected. He ran unopposed for Division 1 magistrate judge in the primary and general elections, and received 4,206 votes Tuesday.

Appointed to the position in 2013 and then winning the seat in 2014, Rogers previously worked as a New Mexico State Police officer and a hearing officer with the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, reviewing misconduct cases against law enforcement officers.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.