- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A state commission is nominating two sitting judges and five other lawyers for an appointment to fill a New Mexico the Court of Appeals vacancy.

The judges among the seven nominees chosen by the commission from nine applicants are Judge Briana Zamora of state District Court in Albuquerque and current Court of Appeals Judge Stephen French.

French is a Republican now serving on the court by appointment. He ran unsuccessfully for his current seat in the Nov. 8 general election, losing to Democrat Julie Vargas. French is now applying for the vacancy created by Judge Michael Bustamante’s retirement.

Other nominees are Assistant Attorney General Jacqueline Medina and Albuquerque attorneys Kristina Bogardus, Henry Bohnhoff, Emil Kiehne and Kerry Kiernan.

Gov. Susana Martinez will appoint one of the nominees as Bustamante’s replacement.

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