In November 2022, two seats on the New Mexico Supreme Court are up for partisan election. Incumbent Justice Julie Vargas (D) will compete with Thomas Montoya (R). Incumbent Justice Briana Zamora (D) will compete with Kerry Morris (R). There were no contested primary elections for the New Mexico Supreme Court this year. In addition, Justice Michael Vigil (D) will appear on the ballot in a retention election.
Kantar Media/CMAG: Estimated Total TV Spending: $84,850*
- Estimated spending by Thomas Montoya: $13,670
- Estimated spending by Kerry Morris: $14,050
- Estimated spending by Briana Zamora: $33,380
- Estimated spending by Julie Vargas: $23,750
*Spending figures last updated November 7, 2022.
October 18 – NM Vargas Bullied
In this ad, a voiceover says, “on our Supreme Court, she [Vargas] upgraded GPS monitoring of criminal defendants. Now it’s 24/7. And Julie stopped wealthy landowners from restricting the public’s access to water.”
Sponsor: Julie Vargas
Estimated Spending: $23,750
October 12 – NM Zamora Move Up in Life
In this ad, Briana Zamora says, “In thirteen years on the bench, I’ve worked my way up to serve at every level of New Mexico’s court system”
Sponsor: Briana Zamora
Estimated Spending: $33,380
September 28 – NM Morris Heart for Helping People
In this ad, Kerry Morris says, “I will bring balance and 41 years of legal experience to the court.”
Sponsor: Kerry Morris
Estimated Spending: $14,050
September 27 – NM Montoya Deep Roots
In this ad, Thomas Montoya says, "I’m running for the New Mexico Supreme Court because I’m committed to making legal decisions based on the law, not politics.
Sponsor: Thomas Montoya
Estimated Spending: $13,670