SANTA FE – Santa Fe native and long-time prosecutor, Maria Sanchez-Gagne, announced today that she will be seeking the position of District Attorney for the First Judicial District, representing Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.
Sanchez-Gagne is collecting petition signatures and will formally file her declaration of candidacy with the Secretary of State on candidate filing day March 8.
“I am pleased to announce my candidacy for this position. I have served our community for 20 years as a criminal prosecutor seeking justice for victims, Sanchez-Gagne said. “As your next District Attorney, I will not shy away from prosecuting difficult cases in order to ensure community safety. I will serve you with honesty, integrity and experience.”
Sanchez-Gagne, who was born and raised in Santa Fe, is known by her colleagues as a tough, strong and effective prosecutor with 20 years of experience. She was Director of the Border Violence Vision of the State’s Office of the Attorney General from 2005-2015. Prior to that she was an Assistant Attorney General. Sanchez-Gagne began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the First Judicial District DA’s Office where she prosecuted felony child abuse cases and domestic violence cases from 1996-2000.
Sanchez-Gagne established the Border Violence Division at the Attorney General’s Office to fight human trafficking, money laundering and to work on international criminal extraditions. She is respected throughout the state for her understanding of the criminal justice system, and has prosecuted tough felony homicide, sexual assault, child exploitation, child fatality, child abuse and domestic violence cases.
“I have dedicated my career to prosecuting serious violent crimes including homicides, sexual assaults, human trafficking and crimes against children,” Sanchez-Gagne said. “As District Attorney I will apply my twenty years of prosecution experience and leadership to keep our communities safe.”
Sanchez-Gagne is bilingual in English and Spanish. She resides in Santa Fe with her husband where her family has lived for generations.
The District Attorney position will be on the June 7, 2016 Primary Election Ballot. Any Democrat in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties can vote for this position.
Paid for by The Committee To Elect Maria Sanchez-Gagne, Robert Rivera, Treasurer.