The deputy superintendent of Los Lunas Schools is joining the New Mexico House of Representatives.

The Valencia County Board of Commissioners selected Brian Baca on Wednesday to fill the District 8 seat vacated by Republican Alonzo Baldonado, who retired at the end of last year after serving in the Legislature since 2011.

Baca, also a Republican, is a longtime educator who has served as deputy superintendent in Los Lunas since 2018. He has worked for the school district since 2001.

Rep. Kelly Fajardo, R-Los Lunas, said in a statement she was thankful the county commission was "proactive" in filling the seat to ensure the county has representation during the upcoming 30-day legislative session, which begins Tuesday.

"Brian Baca has long been a strong advocate and partner for Valencia County," Fajardo said. "His many years of experience in education will certainly be a positive addition to the New Mexico House of Representatives.”

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