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Bernalillo County to fill state Senate vacancy Monday

With the 2019 Legislature less than a week away, the Bernalillo County Commission is rushing to fill a New Mexico Senate seat recently vacated by Cisco McSorley.

Cisco McSorley

McSorley, D-Albuquerque, resigned from his District 16 post to accept an appointment heading the state’s Probation and Parole Division in Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration.

McSorley has represented the University of New Mexico-area district as a senator since 1997.

The Legislature starts Tuesday, and the County aims to name McSorley’s replacement on Monday. The County Commission has the authority to appoint someone for the role.

Bernalillo County is encouraging anyone interested in the appointment to submit a letter of interest to County Manager Julie Morgas Baca’s Office by email ( or via mail to:

Bernalillo County Manager’s Office, Attention Julie Morgas Baca, Suite 10111, One Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87102

The deadline to apply is noon Friday. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 25 years old, and reside in the district.

The commission will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Monday to name the new senator.

A District 16 map is here.

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