- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico school board member has resigned amid controversy over his previously unknown 2002 drug conviction.

The Las Vegas Optic reports (https://bit.ly/1qMk1fg ) that Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez resigned from his position at a West Las Vegas School Board meeting Thursday.

The resignation comes just over a week after the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office sent a letter warning Benavidez that he would face criminal or civil sanctions if he didn’t step down.

State court records show Benavidez was convicted in 2002 for felony drug possession.

New Mexico law prevents convicted felons from holding office without a pardon. Benavidez didn’t disclose his conviction when he ran for office.


Information from: Las Vegas Optic, https://www.lasvegasoptic.com

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