Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Unseated DA Takes New Post.

Byline: Journal Staff Report

Seventh Judicial District Attorney Ron Lopez has a new job lined up after his term expires Dec. 31, and he's also thrown his hat into the ring to become a state District Court judge.

Starting Jan. 1, Lopez will be a deputy district attorney for the 13th Judicial District in Valencia County, said Lemuel Martinez, who was elected district attorney for the 13th District in November. The district covers Valencia, Sandoval and Cibola counties.

Lopez, 45, was defeated in his re-election bid for the 7th Judicial District in November by Clint Wellborn. The 7th District covers Torrance, Socorro, Catron and Sierra counties.

Lopez is also among six applicants seeking to replace state District Judge Neil Mertz, who died Nov. …

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