The Santa Fe County Commission has nominated retired information consultant Ann A. Jenkins to replace the late Stephen Easley in the state Legislature.
Jenkins, a Democrat, is one of three people who have been nominated for the open seat in the state House of Representatives. The oddly-shaped district, pictured above, falls in four counties, with commissioners in each putting forth a recommendation for a replacement.
Bernalillo County commissioners also recommended Jenkins while Valencia County commissioners picked Vickie Perea, a Republican and former Albuquerque city councilor, and the Republican-dominated Torrence County commission recommended Leroy Candelaria.
Easley, a Democrat, died unexpectedly in August from complications related to an infection.
House District 50, which encompasses 110 square miles, is one of the most geographically and politically diverse in the state. Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, gets the final say on who will serve in Easley's place during the next legislative session.
Many expect Martinez to pick a Republican to replace Easley, which would bring the House to a 37-33 Democratic Party advantage.