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District judge in Grants withdraws as retention candidate, creating vacancy in January

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GRANTS, New Mexico — An independent commission will meet in December to recommend candidates for possible appointment to a judgeship that's becoming vacant.

District Judge Camille Martinez-Olguin is not seeking retention in the general election. The judgeship in Grants becomes vacant on Jan. 1 because her term expires at the end of the year.

The nominating commission is to meet Dec. 12 at the Cibola County Courthouse in Grants to interview applicants and recommend candidates to Gov. Susana Martinez, who will fill the vacancy.

Lawyers seeking the judgeship must submit applications to the commission by Dec. 5.

The judge notified the secretary of state's office in August she was withdrawing as a candidate for retention, but there was no immediate vacancy to be filled in the November election because she didn't resign.

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