Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Committee Suggests 2 for Judge.

Byline: Journal Staff Report

The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission made two recommendations Friday for a replacement for District Judge Neil Mertz, who died Nov. 30.

Ron Lopez, who is finishing out his second term as 7th Judicial District Attorney, and John Gerbracht, a longtime Socorro attorney, were recommended by the commission. Both are Democrats.

The commission's recommendations are forwarded to the governor, who has the ultimate authority to appoint judges.

Lopez, 45, was defeated for re-election as district attorney in November. He served two terms in the office and was recently hired as a deputy district attorney in the 13th Judicial District in Valencia County. …

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