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New Mexico vets applicants for Supreme Court vacancies

New Mexico vets applicants for Supreme Court vacancies

The Associated Press
January 10, 2019 07:25 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Candidates to replace two retired members of the New Mexico Supreme Court by appointment of the governor are being vetted by a nominating commission.

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The nominating commission scheduled interviews and opportunities for public comment Thursday at the Supreme Court. Applicants include former U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez, Administrative Office of the Courts Director Arthur Pepin and several district court judges.

Once nominations are made, Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will appoint replacements for recently retired Justices Charles Daniels and Petra Maes. The appointed justices will stand for election in 2020 to serve out the remainder of terms that end in 2026.

Democratic Justice Michael Vigil won election to the state's highest court in November against a Republican incumbent. Vigil joined Justices Judith Nakamura and Barbara Vigil.

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