Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Majority Opposed To Varela.

Byline: Steve Shoup Journal Staff Writer

Three Say Patty Thomas Best Person for Council

Three city councilors say they believe former Sandoval County Commissioner Patty Thomas is the best qualified person for appointment to a council vacancy.

Mayor John Jennings said Thursday, though, that he believed Jeff Varela was a good choice and that he had talked to the councilors and thought he had a good chance of having Varela confirmed.

Varela withdrew from consideration Wednesday afternoon, just hours before his nomination was to be voted on by the council. He also resigned his post on the city Parks and Recreation Commission.

"It appears that a coalition of councilors had pre-selected their candidate for the District 2 council seat as soon as it became vacant subsequent to the last general election," Varela wrote in his letter of withdrawal. …

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