Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Attorneys Nominated For 7th District Judge.(Metropolitan)



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

Ron Lopez, who is ending his second term as 7th Judicial District attorney, and John Gerbracht, longtime Socorro attorney, were recommended. Both are Democrats.

The governor will make a final decision.

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

Lopez, who grew up in Socorro, has been vice president of the New Mexico District Attorney Association, a board member of the state bar association and adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. …

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