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Health care administrator named to state ethics commission

SANTA FE, N.M. — A woman who oversees regulatory compliance at a private medical practice in southern New Mexico has been named to the state’s fledgling ethics commission.

Republican House minority leader James Townsend announced Thursday his appointment of Judy Villanueva of Carlsbad to the seven-member commission.

A news release says Villanueva previously held administrative posts at Texas Tech University and El Paso Community College. Townsend credits Villanueva with being fair and thorough. Villanueva could not be reach immediately.

Voters approved the creation of the commission by statewide ballot last year to oversee conduct by public officials, political candidates, lobbyists and government contractors amid a string of political corruption scandals.

The commission begins accepting complaints and requests for advisory opinions next year in advance of fall elections.