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5 candidates recommended to New Mexico governor for possible appointment to vacant judgeship

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A bipartisan Judicial Nominating Commission has recommended a Metropolitan Court judge and four other Albuquerque lawyers to Gov. Susana Martinez as candidates for possible appointment to a vacant district court judgeship.

The nominees forwarded to the governor last week were Metro Court Judge Frank Sedillo and lawyers Erika Anderson, David Berlin, Nancy Jean Franchini and Steven Lee Gonzales.

Sedillo has served on the Metro Court since 2000. The other nominees are private practice lawyers.

The governor's appointee will at least temporarily succeed District Court Judge Ted Baca, who retired.

It's up to the state's political parties to select their nominees to appear on the November general election ballot for the judgeship. It's possible the governor's appointee might only serve a few months until the election winner takes office.

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