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NM delegation submits candidates for U.S. attorney, U.S. marshal

Correction: This article has been corrected to say that John C. Anderson works with the Santa Fe-based law firm of Holland & Hart.

WASHINGTON – Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation have recommended four law enforcement officials as possible appointments to become U.S. marshal for the state and suggested two New Mexico attorneys as candidates to serve as U.S. attorney.

Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, both Democrats, this week joined with Rep. Steve Pearce, the delegation’s lone Republican, to make the suggestions to President Donald Trump.

The lawmakers suggested Fred Federici, currently an assistant U.S. attorney in Albuquerque, and John C. Anderson, a former federal prosecutor now with the a Santa Fe-based Holland & Hart law firm.

The names submitted to the White House as possible candidates to fill the U.S. marshal job are James Burrell, currently the assistant chief deputy U.S. marshal in New Mexico; Sonya Chavez, supervisory special agent at the FBI; Larry Harper, a supervisory deputy U.S. marshal; and Peter Kassetas, the current chief of the New Mexico State Police.

New Mexico’s former U.S. attorney, Damon Martinez, was dismissed in March. Conrad Candelaria, appointed by then-President Barack Obama, is the current U.S. marshal for New Mexico.

Pearce, Udall and Heinrich wrote that all of the candidates suggested “have the qualifications, experience and temperament necessary to effectively serve.”

Congressional delegations typically make recommendations to the White House for these positions among candidates in their states.