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Capitol Notebook: Mayor Keller appoints acting deputy state auditor

SANTA FE – Kevin Sourisseau, a longtime accountant and auditor for the state government, is temporarily taking over the State Auditor’s Office now that Tim Keller has left the job to become mayor of Albuquerque.

Dan McKayKeller, a Democrat, resigned Thursday, before taking office as mayor, and appointed Sourisseau to serve as acting deputy state auditor. Sourisseau previously worked as director of special investigations in the office and as an auditor in the Taxation and Revenue Department.

It will be up to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to appoint a successor who will serve through late next year, when voters will pick a new auditor.

Former City Councilor Dan Lewis, a Republican who lost to Keller in the mayoral runoff, is an applicant for the appointment.

Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces, has said he will run for the office next year.

Lt. gov. race: A familiar name to Albuquerque voters is now running for lieutenant governor.

Michelle Garcia Holmes, a retired police detective and former chief of staff for then-Attorney General Gary King who ran for mayor this year, is seeking the Republican nomination.

She was an independent, but changed her registration.

“We have to build a brighter future for New Mexico by addressing our economic needs and fighting the crime that has taken over our cities and towns,” she said in a written announcement. “I will work hard to make New Mexico safe and strong.”

Her announcement comes about two weeks after the only GOP candidate for the office, Kelly Zunie, dropped out.

Legislature run: The chairwoman of the Mora County Commission plans to campaign for the open seat that will be created by Democratic Rep. Nick Salazar’s retirement next year.

In a recent announcement, Paula Garcia thanked Salazar for his 45 years in the Legislature – he is one of the 10 longest-tenured state legislators in the nation – and said her campaign will start with listening to residents about their priorities.

Garcia is executive director of the New Mexico Acequia Association, a nonprofit group that works to protect the water rights of farmers and ranchers.

“My life’s work has been to serve our communities by working to strengthen rural economies and to promote healthy families,” Garcia said in a written announcement.

Salazar, a Democrat from Ohkay Owingeh, first won election in 1972. He said he won’t run for re-election next year so he can spend more time with family.

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