One of the local contested races on the Nov. 7 election ballot is Probate judge. Democrat Gloria Wicker and Republican Kevin Duncan are vying for the position being vacated by Ribble Holloman.
Duties: Probate judges work part-time. They transfer the property of the deceased, referring to either the deceased will’s or, in the absence of a will, in accordance with New Mexico’s laws of interstate succession. Curry County Probate judges also perform wedding ceremonies.
Training: Probate judges are required by state law to complete seven hours of continuing judicial education during each calendar year.
Requirements: Candidate must be 18 years old, a resident of Curry County and have attained the equivalent of a high school education.
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What’s your background? Duncan is a former city commissioner who worked for Muffley Funeral Home for 14 years. He said he wants to be elected probate judge so stay active in the community and politics.
Comment: “I have good morals and I can bring assets to the position such as my good character.”
What’s your background?
Wicker was born and raised in Curry County. She was employed by Santa Fe for many years and is a former city commissioner. Wicker said she is an ideal candidate for probate judge because she is retired and has time to settle probate matters.
Comment: “My experience in representing people and negotiations will serve me in making fair and honest opinions.”
Absentee and in-person early voting for the Nov. 7 general election is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Curry County Courthouse. Early voting is also being held at the North Plains Mall. Hours will be noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.