Castleberry, Hollis maintain magistrate judge positions

Liliana Castillo

Curry County voters chose to keep both incumbent magistrate judges in Tuesday’s general election.

Republican Duane Castleberry won 64 percent of the vote in Division 1 with Democrat candidate Johnny Chavez receiving 36 percent of the vote. That’s 2,256 votes for Castleberry to 1,280 for Chavez.

Republican Richard Hollis won 83 percent of the vote, or 5,275 votes, to Democrat candidate Genaro Soto’s 17 percent, or 1,061 votes.

“I think the court is being run in a manner that makes Curry County citizens proud,” Castleberry said of the incumbent sweep. “I think we’re doing a good job.”

Castleberry said he was glad voters expressed confidence in his ability to do the job.

“The citizens of Curry County have asked me to do this job again. I’m happy, flattered,” Castleberry said.

Hollis said the two incumbents “enjoyed a lot of support.”

“A lot of people worked awful hard on the magistrate race,” he said. “We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing.”

Hollis said the Curry County magistrate court is recognized statewide for being efficient.

“Our clerks train clerks across the state,” he said. “We will continue to support the magistrate court statewide and work toward state standardization.”

This was the first election in which voters had a chance to vote for one magistrate judge that lives in their division rather than two countywide.

County commissioners, under court order to adopt an ordinance dividing magistrate elections into two divisions created on the basis of racial demographics, approved the change last year.