Regional
2:17 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Martinez Demands More Choices For Southern New Mexico Judicial Vacancy

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, like her Democratic predecessor, wants a choice of candidates when appointing judges.

Martinez has asked an independent judicial nominating commission to go back to work and send her more than one candidate for a judicial vacancy in southern New Mexico. The panel last month interviewed four applicants but recommended one person — a Deming lawyer who's a Democrat — for a 6th Judicial District judgeship.

A spokesman for the governor says Martinez wants at least two candidates to select from rather than having the commission in effect fill the vacancy by offering only one nominee.

The commission meets again next month to decide whether to provide more names to the governor.

The state Supreme Court resolved a similar dispute involving former Gov. Bill Richardson.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.