Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

New Blood Safer Bet for Council.(Opinion)

EDITORIALS

It's one thing to play musical chairs with the ballot box calling the tune; it's something else again when the chair is filled by appointment.

Sandoval County Commissioner Patty Thomas lost her seat to term limits. But at least it stayed in the family. Voters elected her husband, Rio Rancho City Councilor Jack Thomas, to succeed her on the commission.

But before he can cross the river to take that oath of office, Jack Thomas has to give up his seat on the City Council.

Patty Thomas is one of five hopefuls who have thrown their hats in the ring to fill out the remainder of Jack Thomas' term. Mayor John Jennings will make the appointment; whoever gets it has the inside track for the next council race. …

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