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Jim Hall named to replace Jeannette Wallace in NM House

By   /   June 7, 2011  /   No Comments

Gov. Susana Martinez named Los Alamos county councilor Jim Hall to take over the state House of Representatives seat of Jeannette Wallace, who died in April.

Hall is a Republican and Wallace had been a member of the GOP so the partisan makeup of the House remains the same — 36 Democrats, 33 Republicans and 1 Independent.

In a statement, Gov. Martinez said of Hall:

As we fight to turn New Mexico around by fostering economic growth, reforming education, and promoting public safety, I’m confident that Mr. Hall shares the hope of all New Mexicans to create a brighter future for our families and businesses. His broad experience in both the public and private sectors means that the people of Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe counties will be represented by someone who knows what it takes to get our state back on track.

Hall said in a statement:

I look forward to joining Governor Martinez in the fight to turn our state around. I will do my best to honor Jeannette Wallace’s outstanding record of public service and I’m honored to be selected to serve the people of the 43rd District. I’m eager to get to work to tackle the challenges in front of us.

Since District 43 is comprised of three different counties — Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval — the governor had to decide among three candidates recommended by each of the three counties. Hall was selected over Republican Jose Varela Lopez, who was recommended by the Santa Fe County Commission, and Democrat Stephanie Richard, who was recommended by Sandoval County.

Hall will be installed in the House in time for the upcoming special legislative session dealing with redistricting.

You can click here for background on the selection process and more detail on Hall’s background.

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Since 2010, Rob Nikolewski has covered New Mexico politics and investigated fraud, waste and abuse in government. He also writes an opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rob joined New Mexico Watchdog after 20 years in television as a sports anchor and reporter. He anchored at MSNBC, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Reno and Boise, winning three regional Emmy awards along the way. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio.