ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Commission appointed an Albuquerque attorney to fill the state House seat. The vacancy is for the New Mexico House of Representatives seat, previously held by Melanie Stansbury who left to serve in Congress. The District 28 seat covers a portion of the foothills. According to a news release from Bernalillo County, the commission chose Pamelya Herndon as its candidate to fill the District 28 vacancy.
Herndon is the president of the KWH Law Center which focuses on helping women and families. She has also held state posts, including general counsel and deputy cabinet secretary. “I understand budgets and the concept of developing budgets that will support the community initiatives that we need for strong, sustainable programs to help the people in our state,” said Herndon.
Last week, Stansbury was sworn in to represent the state’s First Congressional District after winning the special election earlier this month. The county says eight individuals submitted applications to the commissioners for consideration. The commission approved the appointment of Herndon on a 4 to 0 vote.