- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed former District Attorney Matthew Chandler to a vacant state district court seat.

Her office made the announcement Tuesday. She also appointed Emilio Chavez of Ranchos de Taos to the Eighth District Court and Patrick Cordell of Flora Vista to San Juan County Magistrate Court.

Chandler was the top prosecutor for a two-county district in eastern New Mexico before stepping down to start a private law practice.

He also served as a special prosecutor in a 2014 shooting case involving a Roswell middle school student and ran against Gary King for attorney general in 2010.

Martinez nominated Chandler to the University of New Mexico Board of Regents earlier this year, but the state Senate rejected that nomination. The fight prompted another regent to resign in protest.

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