Incumbent San Juan County District Court Judge Carolyn Jewett has announced her intention to run for re-election.
“During my first term, I gained a lot of experience figuring out what ‘access to justice’ really means,” said Jewett in her candidacy announcement. “The COVID-19 pandemic turned our judicial system on its head and forced us all to adapt. I have been honored to work side by side with our other county departments, as well as collaborating with judges across the state at all court levels, to ensure our community has meaningful access to the courts despite emergency conditions.”
Jewett is a first-term judge of the District Court, which is the lower court in San Juan County. It has jurisdiction over misdemeanor crimes, small claims, infractions, name change petitions, protection order petitions, and civil lawsuits under $100,000.
“Despite the challenges we still face, the pandemic has given courts opportunities for change and innovation statewide, and we want to keep that momentum going,” Jewett said. “It is critical that we keep working together to provide fair, impartial administration of the law. I look forward to continuing this work as your District Court Judge.”
District Court Judge is one of eight positions up for a vote in the Nov. 8 general election. The County Council seat for District 3 (Lopez and Shaw), Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, and Treasurer are also open in 2022. The primary election for any position with three or more candidates takes place Aug. 2.