Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Appointee Eyes '02 Council.

Byline: Steve Shoup Journal Staff Writer

Varela Declined Job After Peers Spoke Out

Jeff Varela, who withdrew from consideration for appointment to the City Council last week, said he isn't favoring anyone for the vacancy but won't rule out running for the post in next year's city election.

Mayor John Jennings earlier this month appointed Varela to fill the vacant District 2 position, but Varela withdrew from consideration after three of five councilors said they supported Patty Thomas for the vacancy.

Jack Thomas held the seat for almost three years before resigning from the council last month after he was elected to the Sandoval County Commission in November. …

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