Judge Ortega And The Blue Donkey

Who says politicians have no fun?

So reads the e-invite to this evening’s event at the Michael McCormick Gallery.

Please join us for this fun-filled informative evening!  It continues.

Come meet some new people, old people (not me!)  friends, enemies, the ghost of the Old JC Penny Building!  INCUMBANT CANDIDATE, JUDGE ERNEST (ERNIE) ORTEGA will field your questions, concerns, opinions, questions and the like,  jokes, insults and the entire gambit of the glue that sticks our Community together.

McCormick has long been an active member of the Democratic Party. And as mutual friends of  former New Mexico Governor, Bill Richardson, he and Judge Ortega have quite a bit in common.

Ernest L. Ortega is a (very popular), judge on the Taos County Magistrate Court, Division 1, in New Mexico. He is a lifelong Democrat who was appointed to the position in January 2006 by then Governor Bill Richardson. He was re-elected in 2014 and is running for his fourth term.

Judge Ortega came to his position through unlikely avenues. He did not go to law school, but rather studied pre-law in college and graduated to study “the making of law” under New Mexico State Senator Jeff Bingaman.

Ortega then worked with the New Mexico Department of Corrections before returning  to Taos to run a campaign for John Paternoster, who was then running for district attorney.

His appointment to fill in as a magistrate court judge, when former judge Erminio Martinez left his post before the end of his term, marked the start of his new career path.

Judge Ortega will field questions, tell a few stories and mostly, will just be enjoying the chance to connect with the community he serves, in an informal and light-hearted atmosphere.

Also on hand will be Michael Archuleta, who will be giving a painting demo during the event.

Born in Embudo, Michael Archuleta earned his Bachelors Degree with an emphasis on Art and Business from UNM in 1997. With no other formal training, Archuleta began painting seriously in 2005 with the idea of a character called the “Blue Donkey.”

Archuleta’s Donkeys are now collected Internationally, thanks to Michael McCormick’s patronage and vision.

The Meet and Greet with Judge Ernie Ortega, celebrating the kickoff of his Campaign, happens this evening  at the Michael McCormick Gallery from 4.30 – 7.30 pm. As always, it’s a party at the McCormick Gallery, with live music, food, refreshments and fun!

For more information on the event and Michael Archuleta, do visit the gallery site linked below.



All images thanks to the Michael McCormick Gallery

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