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Martinez names more search committee members
Governor-elect Susana Martinez revealed the names of search committees for the Department of Corrections, the Public Safety and Homeland Security & Emergency Management and the Inaugural Ball. Included were some names of some high-profile Republican political candidates who lost in their election bids.
The announced members of the Homeland Security & Emergency Management Search Committee are Albuquerque Public Safety Director for the City of Albuquerque Darren White, director of Albuquerque’s Office of Emergency Management Sal Baragiola, district attorney of the Ninth Judicial District of New Mexico Matt Chandler, Farmington city councilor Dan Darnell, deputy director for the New Mexico High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Ernesto Ortiz, retired Albuquerque Police Department officer Paul Pachecho and deputy chief of the Albuquerque Police Department Beth Paiz.
White unsuccessfully ran for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District seat in 2006, losing to Democrat Martin Heinrich. Chandler was the Republican candidate for Attorney General this year who lost to incumbent Democrat Gary King. Pacheco lost the Republican primary for the New Mexico House seat in District 43 earlier this year.
Ortiz defended Martinez earlier this year against charges that Democratic candidate Diane Denish made about Martinez not prosecuting Mexican drug cartel members.
The Department of Corrections Search Committee are Albuquerque city attorney Rob Perry, retired Department of Corrections worker Elmer Bustos, former state Senator and retired Clovis chief of police Caleb Chandler, Bernalillo County Sheriffs Department captain Gregg Marcantel and administrator for the Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers in Roswell Alfonso Solis.
Martinez’s transition team announced that former Senator Pete Domenici is honorary chairman of the inaugural committee and the executive director is Republican fundraiser Andrea Goff.