SANTA FE – Taos Mayor Dan Barrone is the newest member of the New Mexico House of Representatives.
The Taos County Commission, in a 4-1 vote on Monday, chose Barrone for the House District 42 seat recently vacated by Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales, according to County Manager Brent Jaramillo.
This month, Gonzales was appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to fill the Senate District 6 seat formerly held by Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa, who died of a heart attack in September.
Barrone was one of five people who applied for the House vacancy. Among the other candidates was Mark Gallegos, the County Commission chairman and mayor of Questa.
But Gallegos was among the four commissioners who voted for Barrone on Monday. Commissioner Candyce O’Donnell cast the lone dissenting vote.
Barrone, owner of Olguin’s Sawmill, is in his second term as mayor, a position he can retain while serving in the Legislature. The Taos News reported that Barrone said at Monday’s meeting that he would continue as mayor while holding the House seat.