NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Commissioners have appointed a new State House Representative in District 16. There were nine candidates with the ability to fill the seat.

Former Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas resigned in November to become a New Mexico senator.

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Nine people submitted applications for the position and commissioners appointed Marsella Duarte to the spot. The commission approved Duarte on a 4 to 1 vote. Her term will end on December 31.