Scott is a lifelong New Mexican who believes in justice with compassion and justice for everyone, not just the wealthy and powerful. Scott lives and works in Santa Fe with his wife Miranda Martinez Katko Fuqua and their three sons. After graduating from Eastern New Mexico University, he went on to law school at the University of Chicago and then returned to New Mexico to clerk for the Honorable Pamela B. Minzner on the New Mexico Supreme Court. After five years with a large law firm in Dallas, Scott decided big corporate law was not for him. He instead wanted to be a public servant for the people of New Mexico. He was hired by Attorney General Gary King to serve as the Litigation Division Director for the State of New Mexico. After seven years in the Attorney General's Office, Scott started a private practice in Santa Fe focused on public and consumer issues. Scott has always believed in public service first and foremost, and after five years fighting for people's rights he is excited to return to public service and represent his community as the elected District Attorney.
Scott has fought his entire life for equal rights for everyone in our community, and especially to prevent injustices perpetrated on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or immigrant status. His motto - Justice with Compassion - means that our elected District Attorney shouldn't focus too heavily on punishment, but should instead lead the office with empathy, equity, and understanding. While at the Attorney General's Office, Scott worked on cases that impacted the rights and lives of the diverse people who are New Mexico. Scott briefed and argued cases to the New Mexico Supreme Court on topics ranging from fair jury selection to just sentencing to the right of all citizens to participate in the electoral process. Scott is most proud of his work in the Supreme Court defending the right of New Mexicans to marry the partner of their choice regardless of gender in a case that established full marriage equality for same sex couples in New Mexico.
"I've always had an interest in the law, both intellectually and practically. The law impacts all of us every day, for better or worse. I want to do what I can to make my world and my community a better place to live and to foster an environment that allows people to live the lives they choose. It is hard to overstate the enormity of the power of the State to prosecute its citizens. Rather than jump to punish, the State should always approach prosecution with compassion, understanding, and the willingness to help people who need help. When punishment is necessary, the prosecutorial power must be carefully and justly applied, and I want to make sure that it is."
Not everyone caught up in the criminal justice system is a hardened criminal that needs to be locked away to protect society. Many are there because they needed help that never came. If we can give them that help now, we should. Human dignity demands nothing less. In particular, the criminalization of addiction and poverty have failed. It is long past time to try something else. This is why I supported New Mexico's comprehensive bail reform.
Innovative thinkers across the country have begun implementing systems whereby victims and perpetrators of certain crimes are able to sit down together and discuss what happened, why it happened, and how it affected everyone involved. They meet only if they have both agreed to and the input of the victim is critical to the ultimate resolution of the case. I would like to introduce a similar system here.
Corruption is a long standing problem in New Mexico. The recently-created statewide ethics commission has a powerful mandate and I would welcome the opportunity to work with them to prosecute anyone who violates the public trust. The wealthy and powerful are subject to the same laws as the rest of us. It is time for them to understand that and for the rest of us to believe it. I will not be afraid to prosecute anyone.