- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The board of directors overseeing one of New Mexico’s major irrigation districts has been forced to fill a seat after the governor declined to issue a pardon for an election winner who was a convicted felon.

Matthew Aragon was facing a noon deadline Monday for getting a pardon, but the governor’s office says all pardon requests need to go through a long process and that Martinez didn’t appreciate being asked to provide special consideration for a political purpose.

Without the pardon, Aragon couldn’t take his seat on the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District’s board.

Other board members voted Monday to appoint runner-up Beverly Dominguez Romero.

Aragon was convicted in 1997 of shooting at an occupied vehicle or dwelling. Aragon says he served six months of work release and the rest of his nine-year sentence was suspended.

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