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New Mexico’s newly elected public officials are sworn in

Correction: This story has been updated with the correct spelling of the last name of Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty.

The state’s highest court welcomed its newest member Monday as Michael Vigil took his oath as a New Mexico Supreme Court justice.

Vigil, a Democrat, joins the Supreme Court after 15 years on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. He earned the spot with his Nov. 6 election win over Gary Clingman, a Republican appointee who had the position less than a year.

The Court of Appeals on Monday hosted its own ceremony featuring four newcomers who will give the court its first female majority.

The judges joining the 10-member court are Kristina Bogardus, Megan Duffy, Jacqueline Medina and Briana Zamora. All four are Democrats, and each unseated a Republican incumbent.

Women now occupy eight positions on the court.

Monday’s ceremonies were just a few in a series of similar events occurring around the state this week as newly elected officials step into their positions.

Today’s slate include a State Capitol ceremony for the Democrats who swept the key statewide races in the November election.

Brian Colón, an Albuquerque attorney, will assume his duties as the new state auditor, having defeated the Republican incumbent Wayne Johnson in November. Stephanie Garcia Richard, meanwhile, will take her oath as the state’s first female land commissioner.

The swearing-in event will also include three public officials beginning their second terms: Attorney General Hector Balderas, state Treasurer Tim Eichenberg and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

Bernalillo County will host a swearing-in event at 3 p.m. today at the Hiland Theater for several offices, though most taking oaths are already serving. That includes Assessor Tanya Giddings, Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III and Commissioner Debbie O’Malley, each of whom won re-election in November.

Only Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty, a mental health therapist from Tijeras, and Probate Judge Cristy Carbón-Gaul, an Albuquerque attorney, are new to their positions.

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