New Mexico – The state Democratic Party's central committee has elected a former Santa Fe County commissioner to be the party's state chairman.
The Democratic Party says in a news release that Javier Gonzales, a member of the New Mexico State Board of Regents, was elected on a voice vote Saturday at Isleta Pueblo.
Gonzales of Santa Fe County replaces outgoing chairman Brian Colon. Colon resigned Aug. 8 to run for lieutenant governor.
Gonzales will serve the remainder of Colon's term that expires April 2011.
Lt. Gov. Diane Denish nominated Gonzales, who faced no opposition.
Gonzales served as a Santa Fe County Commission from 1994 to 2002.
The party says Gonzales was the first Hispanic elected to serve as president of the National Association of Counties.
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