Mary Carmack-Altwies

New Mexico District Attorney, District 1

Mary will be an important LGBTQ voice in New Mexico's criminal justice system


Mary Carmack-Altwies practices law in Santa Fe, but also serves Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties. Mary has been married to Jo, a retired longtime law enforcement officer, for seven years. She and Jo share two energetic young children. Mary serves as President of her local PTA, has taught at UNM Law School, volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and served as a legal advocate for survivors of sexual assault.

Mary has extensive experience in criminal law on both sides of the courtroom. Starting her career working in the trenches as a public defender, then running a private practice, and now in the Santa Fe District Attorney’s office as the head of the Special Victim and Violent Crimes divisions, Mary knows both sides of the criminal justice process well. She understands what it takes to make northern New Mexico safer, and that starts with stopping crime before it occurs.

District Attorney’s play an important role in the community. She has spent her entire professional career seeing firsthand the devastating effects of drug and alcohol addiction on families, the criminal justice system, law enforcement professionals, and communities. As a result, she has a clear sense of what can be done in the DA’s office to help the community.

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