- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - A former San Miguel County magistrate who publicly supported various candidates while retired but still serving occasionally as a judge has agreed to never serve again in a judicial position.

The Las Vegas Optic (https://goo.gl/sH1KKB ) reports that Philip Romero had retired from his San Miguel County position but still ran afoul of a state prohibition against judges supporting candidates because he continued to fill in temporarily for judges in other counties.

Romero said he agreed to permanent retirement from judicial office because he didn’t want to face being ordered to pay costs of potential Judicial Standards Commission proceedings.

He said he had thought he was allowed to endorse candidates running in 2014 because he had retired in 2013 and since then only served as a fill-in judge occasionally.

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