Election 2006 — Probate Judge

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.

Candidate profiles:

Kevin Duncan

Party: Republican

Current job: Sales representative

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.”

Gloria Wicker

Party: Democratic

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.