Clovis man to run for District 2 judgeship

CNJ staff

A Clovis man who sued the state Legislature to create a second magistrate judge district said he intends to run for one of the districts created following the suit’s success.

Johnny Chavez, 67, of Clovis, said Thursday he will run next November for the District 2 judgeship.

A case manager for Eastern Plains Committee Action Agency, Chavez said he began the legal process three years ago because he didn’t believe minorities had enough chance to win running under the previous at-large system.

“I think I’m capable,” said Chavez, a 1958 graduate of the now-defunct Sacred Heart High School.

Created via a June ordinance, the two districts incorporate voting precincts. District 1 (Precincts 5-9, 11-12, 20-22, 25-28, 30 and 33) is made up of the southwestern areas of Clovis.

District 2 (Precincts 1-4, 10, 13-19, 23, 24, 29, 31-32 and 34-37) is the northeast side of the city.