Election day is Tuesday, November 3. On the reverse side of the ballots are 18 District Court Judges that are up for retention. For that reason, let’s talk about Judicial retentions and in particular the need to vote to retain DISTRICT JUDGE CHRISTINA ARGYERES.


I have been a license attorney in New Mexico for 42 years, mostly as a trial attorney, including being felony and violent crimes prosecutor for 15 years and being an appointed Administrative Law Judge for 7 years. During my legal career, I have been in private civil law practice and have also served as Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer for Albuquerque.

Throughout my entire 42-year legal career, I have paid very close attention to who has been appointed and elected to the 2nd Judicial District Court, Bernalillo County. I know the importance and the need to have district judges that can be fair and impartial. Judges must do their very best to apply the law, resist political pressures and see that justice is served in a fair and impartial manner. The legal profession and the quality of our judges is very personal to me, especially this election year, and to my son Mark Dinelli who is also an attorney.

It is for the below reasons that I ask that my readers of vote to retain District Court Judge Christina Argyres.


It is extremely important for voters to know the people they elect to the bench. A person’s background and their life experiences and what contributions they make to our community are always indicative of the type of judge they become and who they are on the bench.

I have known Judge Christina Argyres and her family for over 30 plus years. Her father, Pete Argyres was the owner of the Town House Restaurant, an iconic and historic place in Nob Hill. That was the place for politicians and business people of all walks of life to congregate. Pete passed away a few years ago before Christina made it to the District Court bench, but he did see his daughter get appointed and win her Metropolitan Court Judgeship.

Both Pete and Mary Argyres, Christina’s mother and father, were immigrants from Kalamata, Greece, located in the southern Peloponnese. They came to America in search of the American Dream. Pete and Mary became American Citizens, very much like Lorenzo and Rachael Dinelli who came before them many years before to the New Mexico Territory in 1900.

Pete and Mary Argyres instilled in their 3 children their very strong work ethic that if you work hard, follow the rules, you can accomplish anything in the United State. They also instilled a duty to give back to the community and the true meaning of family.

In particular, Pete and Mary Argyres instilled in their children the basic principles of honesty and integrity. They also instilled in their children the meaning of compassion and to always do the right thing in life, especially when it comes to people, and never believing you are any better than anyone else. These are all basic and critical traits that are required to be a competent and effective judge, a judge that can see both sides of an issue and make rulings.

This election is especially important to Judge Christina Argyres because her mother Mary passed away a few weeks ago from her long battle with dementia, a battle where Judge Argyres was a health care provider.

District Court Judge Christina P. Argyres is a true embodiment of all she was taught and that her parents represented and she has earned retention to the bench.


Judge Christina Argyres is a Valley High School graduate and UNM graduate. She went on to further her education and earned a Master’s Degree from Harvard University. She then decided to go to law school and graduated from Ohio Northern School of Law.

Following her graduation from law school , Christina worked at the United States Attorney’s Office here in Albuquerque. She later became a Public Defender. She then started her own practice and traveled throughout the state defending individuals who were accused of wrongdoing. Judge Christina Argyres has more than 20 years of combined experience defending and representing people and presiding as a Judge in field of criminal law.

While defending and helping others to better their lives, she decided the biggest impact she could make in the lives of others was to become a Judge. After going thru a lengthy judicial selection process, Governor Bill Richardson appointed Christina to the Metropolitan Court Bench in June, 2010. Two years later, an opening occurred in the District Court and Christina took the opportunity to better serve the public.

Christina has been on the District Court Bench since January 2013 and has presided over thousands of cases in the Criminal division.

She is also the presiding Judge of a Specialty Court geared specifically to Veterans who find themselves in the judicial system. Judge Argyres has been a speaker at National Drug Court conferences and has shared her knowledge and experience in dealing with Veterans by teaching other Jurisdictions and other Courts within New Mexico how to run this specialized program. The program success has been measured by the achievements of the graduates who are inspired to give back to the community and lead productive lives.


Argyres is a straight shooter and holds both sides accountable. Her hard work, dedication and tenacity makes her the type of person we want to keep on the bench.

Please join me this election on November 3 or before with early voting and say YES to keep Judge Christina P. Argyres on the District Court.

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.