It’s little surprise, but Gov. Susana Martinez appointed a Republican to replace progressive state Rep. Stephen Easley, a Democrat from Eldorado — what’s more, she went all the way to Valencia County to choose his replacement. Talk about adding insult to injury.
Former Albuquerque City Councilor Vickie Perea — she now lives in Belen — now will represent a good chunk of Santa Fe County come the next legislative session. Her selection means the mostly Democratic District 50 will have a Republican representative who lives far from the center of the far-flung district’s population — more than half of Easley’s votes came from Santa Fe County. He won, too, by 56 percent of the vote, and the district has 46 percent Democratic registration compared to 33 percent Republican.
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