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Seven candidates weighed to fill two vacancies on the NM Supreme Court

SANTA FE – Candidates to replace two retired members of the New Mexico Supreme Court by appointment of the governor were vetted by a nominating commission Thursday.

The nominating commission forwarded the names of seven applicants for consideration: James Waylon Counts, T. Glenn Ellington, C. Shannon Bacon, William Daniel Slease, Linda Vanzi, Jane Yohalem and David Thomson.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will appoint replacements for recently retired Justices Charles Daniels and Petra Maes. The appointed justices will stand for election in 2020 to serve out the remainder of terms that end in 2026.

Democratic Justice Michael Vigil won election to the state’s highest court in November against a Republican incumbent. Vigil joined Justices Judith Nakamura and Barbara Vigil.