Long hours. Contentious debate. Lots of people to answer to. Very little pay.
If that job description sounds good to you, along with the prospect of creating policy for the state government—and if you live within the district boundaries in central Santa Fe—the Santa Fe County Commission might just name you the next representative for state House District 48.
But you have to act fast. Notarized applications, along with supporting documentation such as letter of interest and resume, are due to the Santa Fe county manager by 5 pm, July 20. Download the application information here.
Rep. Linda Trujillo, a Democrat, won the District 48 seat in in 2016. She faced no competition in the June primary, but announced Thursday she was resigning from the post immediately. She cited the financial affect the COVID-10 pandemic had on her family.
The timing of her decision means the appointed person officially gets the job until the end of the year, even though no legislative sessions are scheduled until January. Since no Republicans ran in the primary election, however, a Democrat on the ballot in November is the likely winner for the next term. Alex Curtas, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office, tells SFR the Democratic Party's State Central Committee has the right to appoint a replacement for its primary election nominee on the general election ballot.
The Board of County Commissioners, however, is not bound to appoint a Democrat to the spot. The board has not set a date for its vote on which applicant to appoint, but its next meeting after the deadline are July 28 and Aug. 11.
New Mexico's House of Representatives has a 46-24 majority of Democrats over Republicans. Before Trujillo, Democrat Luciano "Lucky" Varela represented the district for nearly 30 years.
Legislators do not earn a salary, but can be reimbursed with a per diem when they are performing duties such as committee hearings and floor sessions. Those rates are in the range of $130 per day.