Judge Ellen Jessen declared her candidacy for the 12th Judicial District, Civil Division II on March 8, 2022.
Judge Jessen has served as a civil Judge since July 2020, after being nominated by a bipartisan Judicial Selection Commission, made up of judges, attorneys, and members of the community. She is no stranger to the 12th
Judicial District, having served as a Domestic Relations Hearing Officer from 2017 to 2020. Previously in private practice in Alamogordo and Cloudcroft, she specialized in civil and domestic relations law. As an attorney for COPE from 2008 to 2012 she represented hundreds of clients in domestic violence, divorce, and parentage cases.
Judge Jessen credits her 25 years’ experience in civil and domestic relations law for Division II providing swift access to justice. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University of America and a degree in Business Administration from Wheeling Jesuit University. As for her philosophy, Judge Jessen says: “Swift access to justice is essential. Fair and impartial rulings are part of the fabric of our Constitution. It is my commitment to see that your rights, guaranteed by the Constitution, are protected and defended.”
The primary election will be held Tuesday, June 7, 2022. For further information on registering or updating to voter information, please contact www.NMVote.org. To learn more about Judge Jessen and her candidacy visit her website for “Views from the Bench and more at
To meet the candidate in person she has the following appearances scheduled…
Easter in the Park, April 16, Washington Park, 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
4th Friday at the Zoo, April 22, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday at the Zoo, May 27, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Earth Day, April 30, 10 – 6