Candidate Profile
David Thomson

Democrat , New Mexico


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Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters

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Bruce Braley (2014), Michelle Grisham (2014), State Democratic Party Organizations (2014)







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Judge Voter Guide gives this candidate a rating of 2 out of 10.

Justice Thomson worked for Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman before attending law school. Justice Thomson clerked for Judge Bruce Black, who was nominated by President Clinton. Then Justice Thomson worked in the office of the New Mexico Attorney General under the Democrats Patricia Madrid and Gary King. Justice Thomson was nominated by Democratic Governor Bill Richardson to the First Judicial District Court, then nominated by Democratic Governor Michelle Grisham to the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Justice Thomson donated $1,300 to Michelle Grisham in 2014. In 2012, iVoterGuide published a profile of Grisham showing that she had 100% vote ratings from the Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood.

On September 19, Justice Thompson posted the following message on Facebook: "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer and brilliant jurist. She would tell us to heed the warning of Justice Brandeis in Whitney v. California, that ‘the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.’ In honor of her life, we must all work tirelessly, as she did, to promote equal opportunity and ensure equal justice under the law.’"


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Religious Liberty

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings or court houses.

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What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.

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Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Bostock v. Clayton County, which justice’s opinion most closely aligns with your opinion of whether the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be extended to the LGBTQ community?

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What types of pro bono work have you done?

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I voted in these primaries and general elections:

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When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

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In what areas of law have you practiced?

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Why should the voters choose you?

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Judicial Philosophy

The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than using a strict constructionist or originalist approach in judicial decisions.

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There are times when American judges should alter U.S. case law in order to comply with foreign case law.

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Which current U.S. Supreme Court justice best reflects your judicial philosophy?

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What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?

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What possibilities should a judge exhaust before departing from precedent?

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How should a judge determine which rights are protected by the Constitution even though they are not specifically mentioned?

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