SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state senator says the top elections official in Roosevelt County in eastern New Mexico has passed away amid preparations for the November 3 general election.
Republican Senate minority leader Stuart Ingle confirmed Monday the death of County Clerk Stephanie Hicks at her home the previous day.
Hicks was running unopposed as the Republican incumbent in the fall general election. Election officials across the state are preparing to print ballots on an early September deadline, with absentee voting scheduled to begin October 6.
Ingle said he confirmed through a county official that Hicks was found unresponsive at home. More information was not available.
Hicks began serving as county clerk in 2013 after a decade as county elections coordinator, according to her personal profile on LinkedIn.