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Saturday, February 22, 2003

Senate Confirms Five for Regent Positions

By Deborah Baker
The Associated Press
    SANTA FE The state Senate on Friday confirmed the appointments of five new university regents, including three who switched political affiliations to be eligible.
    Senate President Pro Tem Richard Romero, D-Albuquerque, cast the only vote against the three.
    He had told the Rules Committee a day earlier that he had criticized the administration of ex-Gov. Gary Johnson for getting nominees to do the same thing, "and I feel I have to be consistent."
    He voted against the confirmations of Walter Adams and Michael Saavedra to the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents, and Felicia Ybarra to the New Mexico State University Board of Regents.
    Also confirmed, by unanimous votes:
   
  • Mari-Luci Jaramillo, Albuquerque, education consultant and former ambassador to the Republic of Honduras, to the Highlands board; and
       
  • Mike Messina, Albuquerque lawyer and developer and husband of Attorney General Patricia Madrid, to the Highlands board.
        By law, no more than three of the five members of the universities' boards can be of the same political party.
        The three nominees switched their registrations from Democrat to independent. Saavedra and Ybarra are student regents.