Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

New NMSU Regent Faced Senate Fight.

Byline: Loie Fecteau Journal Politics Writer

* 19-year-old's party affiliation change for appointment to board spurred heated debate

SANTA FE A student who changed her political party affiliation to secure an appointment to the New Mexico State University Board of Regents triggered intense debate but won Senate approval Wednesday.

The appointment of 19-year-old Antonia Lucia Roybal of Mora came under fire because she changed her party affiliation from Republican to independent midway through the regent application process.

NMSU's five-member board of regents has three Republicans, and state law says public universities cannot have more than a simple majority from the same party on their boards of regents. …

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