GOP governor appoints Dem state senatorDecember 30th, 2011 at 5:52 pm by Bill Diven under Community Affairs, N.M. Politics, News
Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed the only person recommended by the Bernalillo and Sandoval county commissions to fill a vacancy in the state Senate.
Late Friday Martinez, a Republican, announced she had appointed Lisa Curtis, a Democrat, to replace Republican Kent Cravens.
Cravens had a year left in his term when he resigned the District 21 seat to become a lobbyist.
Curtis, the president of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, will have to stand for election to retain the two-county seat past the end of 2012.
Traditionally county commissions have offered replacement candidates of the same party as the departed legislator, and the commissions in two-county districts might propose separate replacements each from their own county.
In this case, both Democrat-controlled commissions voted 3-2 along party lines for Curtis, who lives in Bernalillo County.
Previous coverage from KRQE News 13: Party politics leaves senate seat vacant
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