What NM Senate District 26 will look like after 2024 race. (Courtesy of the N.M. Secretary of State’s Office)
Applicants can send a letter of interest and résumé to the following address or email:
Bernalillo County Manager’s Office
Attention: Julie Morgas Baca, County Manager
415 Silver Ave, SW, 8th Floor, Albuquerque, NM, 87102
Or via email to: [email protected]
The commission meets Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. to make the appointment.
Those interested in filling the seat left empty by New Mexico State Sen. Jacob Candelaria have until Nov. 10 to apply, a date established after tensions flared among the county board charged with replacing him.
Sen. Jacob Candelaria, a Democrat-turned-independent, announced Oct. 19 that he would be resigning that day, which was two years before his term was up. Because District 26, which Candelaria represented, sits entirely in the county, the Bernalillo County Commission is tasked with naming his replacement.
The county announced Friday that commissioners will make the appointment Nov. 15. Those interested must be at least 25-years-old and live within the current boundaries of Senate District 26.
It took a heated debate to get there. Debbie O’Malley, a Westside commissioner, said she was worried the decision was being rushed to favor political insiders. The argument reportedly ended with O’Malley cursing at a fellow commissioner after the meeting, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
Commissioners who were in favor of naming a replacement quickly countered that residents shouldn’t have to wait unnecessarily long to have representation in District 26.
Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, a Westside Democrat, announced that he had eyes on Candelaria’s seat hours after the senator’s resignation, and said that he would soon apply. He told Source New Mexico previously that he hoped the commission would act fast.
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