Two counties name nominees to replace Griego

Only the Torrance and Lincoln County commissions named nominees to replace Phil Griego in the state Senate after his resignation. The Torrance County Commission nominated former Estancia mayor Ted Barela while the Albuquerque Journal reported the Lincoln County Commission named Thomas Stewart. Both are Republicans. Critics say that making a decision without 72-hour notice is a violation of the Open Meetings Act. The six counties that make up parts of Griego’s district get to name nominees and Gov. Susana Martinez will choose one to fill the rest of Griego’s term.