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Bernalillo County on fast track to fill legislative vacancy

ALBUQUERQUE, N/M. (AP) — With the New Mexico Legislature in session, Bernalillo County commissioners are on track to replace a Democratic lawmaker who resigned her House seat representing an Albuquerque district.

A day after Rep. Brittney Barreras announced her resignation on Friday to focus on her mental health, county officials announced on Saturday that the county commission would hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday to appoint a representative to fill the vacancy. .

A separate announcement said the commission was seeking nominations to fill the Barreras District 12 seat and the deadline for submitting nominations was 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“Due to the session of the Legislative Assembly, there is an urgent need to fill the position; therefore, the application period will be condensed,” the announcement reads.

Barreras was halfway through her first term when she abruptly announced her resignation through a statement released by the Democratic caucus.

She said she was honored to represent her constituents, but said “all the pressure and stress” had taken a toll on her mental health. and become more and more difficult.

“I know I need to take care of myself right now to be a good mother, daughter, co-parent, and community member,” she said.