Rudy Garcia, appointed to a vacant Santa Fe school board position by board vote in 2017, matriculated to a seat on the Santa Fe County Commission in last year’s elections. But he also kept the school board seat. Holding two elected positions is OK under New Mexico law.
When running for election to the County Commission a year ago, Garcia told the Journal, “I’ll have to play it case by case and see if that happens,” when asked about potential scheduling conflicts between county commission and school board meetings.
It turns out Garcia’s case-by-case process, or something, has worked to the school board’s detriment. Garcia has missed half of the school board’s meetings in 2019. He has a good attendance record for County Commission meetings.