SANTA FE, N.M. — Former University of New Mexico law school associate dean and congressional candidate Antoinette Sedillo Lopez said she would push to expand health care access and protect victims of domestic violence after being appointed Monday to a vacant Senate seat.
The Bernalillo County Commission voted unanimously to appoint Sedillo Lopez to the Albuquerque-based Senate District 16 seat that was vacated when Cisco McSorley resigned last week to work as probation and parole director in Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration.
Sedillo Lopez, a Democrat who was sworn in shortly after being appointed, told commissioners during a special meeting to fill the vacancy she could hit the ground running as a state senator.
“I have the mind for this, I have the passion for this, and I can meaningfully contribute to the senate for my district and for our state,” Sedillo Lopez said.