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Process to fill New Mexico Senate Vacancy Senate District 26


Bernalillo County – The Bernalillo County Board of County Commissioners is accepting applications from individuals interested in filling the vacant District 26 seat of the New Mexico Senate.

The commission will appoint a replacement for Senator Jacob Candelaria, who resigned his seat. Submissions from interested individuals in Bernalillo County will be accepted until Thursday, Nov. 10 at noon. Applicants should submit a letter of interest and résumé to the Bernalillo County Manager’s Office, Attention: Julie Morgas Baca, County Manager, 415 Silver Ave, SW, 8th Floor, Albuquerque, NM, 87102 or via email to:

Interested persons must be at least 25 years old and live within the boundaries of Senate District 26. The New Mexico Senate District 26 is primarily located in the western quadrants of Bernalillo County. A map of District 26 is located here.

Note that the seat will be filled based on the current district boundaries. The Board of County Commissioners will address the District 26 replacement at the regularly scheduled administrative meeting on Nov. 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. # # # About Bernalillo County Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras with approximately 106,000 residents living in unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget, capital investments and other funds of more than $1 billion. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.

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