State Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, R-Los Lunas, announced his retirement Friday from the New Mexico House of Representatives after serving since 2011.

Baldonado, 47, represented House District 8 in Valencia County and served as House majority whip from 2015 through 2017. The Valencia County Commission will appoint a replacement.

“I am proud of the work our community has done over the past decade and I hope that in a small way I was able to help with those efforts to make Los Lunas, Bosque Farms, Peralta, Rio Communities and Belen a better place to live,” Baldonado said through a news release.

Baldonado most recently has worked as a member of the House Education Committee and House Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

House Republican Leader Jim Townsend of Artesia was quoted in the release as calling Baldonado knowledgeable, a representative of conservative values and a diligent worker for the state.

“Our entire Republican caucus sends our thanks to Rep. Baldonado and wishes him the best in the future,” Townsend said.

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Chris Mechels

Hard to keep good people, when they have no voice. Egolf, and the Trifecta, want sheep, not discussion. Hopefully, a U.S. Attorney will prosecute Egolf, who is grabbing bit too much... Our hapless Attorney General certainly won't bust Malfeasance, as he is too busy with his own sins.

Mike Johnson

[thumbup]Exactly Chris, conservatives and moderates are persona non grata in NM, no matter what party.

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