After a 3-2 vote by the Taos County commissioners, New Mexico Congressman Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales was selected as the name the commission will send to the governor for the District 6 Senate seat consideration.
After a 3-2 vote by the Taos County commissioners, New Mexico representative Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales was selected as the name the commission will send to the governor for the District 6 Senate seat consideration.
Following two hours of presentations and questions Thursday (Nov. 7), Taos County commissioners made their decision to send Gonzales’ name to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for consideration to fill the late Sen. Carlos Cisneros’ position. Cisneros died in September.
Gonzales currently serves as the representative in the New Mexico House for District 42. If selected by the governor, he will assume the Senate seat for District 6.
“I was very privileged to work with Carlos,” Gonzales said of the late senator. “We always worked very well and we respected each other’s opinion.”
Gonzales was challenged in the appointment process by Taos Land Trust Director Kristina Ortez and Taos Mayor Dan Barrone, who also put their name in the hat for the commission's consideration.
Los Alamos, Río Arriba and Santa Fe counties will still each submit the name of a person they select to submit to the governor’s officer for her consideration. Once selected, the person will serve as District 6 senator until the election in 2020 , when they will have to run for reelection if they choose to retain the seat.
During the meeting, Commissioner Jim Fambro said that Taos County holds approximately 60 percent of the population in Senate District 6.
Commissioners Fambro and Gabriel Romero cast the opposition votes.
A previous version of this story mistakenly labeled Gonzales as a congressman.
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