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Governor picks state rep for BernCo board

SANTA FE, N.M. — A Republican member of the New Mexico House of Representatives and a retired high school teacher has been appointed to the Bernalillo County Commission.

Outgoing state Representative and incoming Bernalillo County Commissioner Jim Smith. (Source: NM Legislature)

Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday that she has tapped Jim Smith of Tijeras for County Commission District 5. The seat was previously held by Wayne Johnson, who left after being appointed state auditor by the governor.

Smith has been a legislator since 2011, where he represented House District 22. Smith’s district includes the East Mountains, where he lives, and parts of the northeast and southeast heights.

“We’ve got a lot on infrastructure issues: roads, water sewer, and we’ve seen an uptick in crime as well,” Smith said of parts of his district.

Smith has already filed to run for the seat in November.

“Jim has a fine record of leadership and service as a teacher and legislator,” Martinez said in a prepared statement. “I know that his experience and dedication to public service will serve the people of Bernalillo County well.”The governor said she’ll take recommendations from the county commissions within House District 22, which includes Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties, before selecting Smith’s replacement.