Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

City Council Nominee Withdraws Name.

Byline: Steve Shoup Journal Staff Writer

Selection Process Called Flawed

Jeff Varela withdrew from consideration to fill a City Council vacancy just hours before the Rio Rancho City Council was to consider his nomination on Wednesday.

Mayor John Jennings announced his selection of Varela earlier this week to fill the seat vacated last month by former District 2 Councilor Jack Thomas, who left the council when he was elected to the Sandoval County Commission.

Just after noon Wednesday, Varela faxed a letter to Jennings, and then called him, saying he was withdrawing. Jennings released copies of the letter just before the meeting.

"It's unfortunate that I've recently discovered that the vacancy selection process was flawed and biased from the beginning," Varela wrote. …

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