Taos County seeking nominations for District 6 Senate seat

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 10/17/19

Taos County is currently taking letters of intent for the New Mexico Senate District 6 seat, left vacant when Sen. Carlos Cisneros died Sept. 17.

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Taos County seeking nominations for District 6 Senate seat

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Taos County is currently taking letters of intent for the New Mexico Senate District 6 seat, left vacant when Sen. Carlos Cisneros died Sept. 17.

During Tuesday's regular meeting (Oct. 15), the Taos County Board of Commissioners decided to hold off on naming a person to recommend to the governor's office and instead elected to hear from those interested in the position.

"Whoever we appoint better be electable in June," said commission chair Mark Gallegos.

Taos County will be accepting hand-delivered letters of interest for those seeking the nomination of the county. Applications can be delivered to the county manager's office no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 29.

The county commission will then hear a presentation, not to exceed 20 minutes, from each candidate during a Nov. 7 special meeting.

"We do need someone with experience in the Roundhouse to move into that seat," said commissioner Tom Blankenhorn.

Blankenhorn then expressed his support for New Mexico District 42 Representative Roberto Gonzales, who Blankenhorn said expressed interest in the nomination.

Taos County must submit one name to the governor's office for consideration by Nov. 15 as do the other three counties partially represented in the district -- Los Alamos, Río Arriba and Santa Fe. At that time, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will appoint one of the four suggested people to replace Cisneros. That replacement will serve until the next election in 2020.

Commissioner Jim Fambro expressed his displeasure at the recent clamor by community members seeking the nomination to Cisneros' seat.

"The senator's body was not even cold and this community went rampant with who is going to be the next senator," Fambro said.

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