- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) - A lawyer in the attorney general’s office and a former prosecutor have been recommended to Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to a vacant judgeship.

An independent judicial nominating commission recommended Los Lunas lawyers Walter Hart and Allen Smith earlier this week for a vacancy on the 13th Judicial District Court in Valencia County.

The governor will select who succeeds state District Court Judge William Sanchez, who retired last month.

Hart has worked in the litigation division of the attorney general’s office in Albuquerque since 2012, and operated his own law practice from 2008 to 2012.

Smith has been at a private law firm in Los Lunas since 2005, and for a decade before that was a prosecutor in the 6th Judicial District of southwestern New Mexico.

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