This story is a staff report from The Paper.

The Bernalillo County Board of County Commissioners has chosen Art De La Cruz to fill the vacant District 12 seat of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Three individuals submitted applications to the commissioners for consideration.  De La Cruz is a businessman, former Bernalillo County commissioner, and also served as the director of the Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation Department from 1988 – 2003. 

De La Cruz replaces Rep. Brittany Barreras who resigned on Jan. 28 to take care of her mental health. Rep. De La Cruz was sworn into the position immediately following the special commission meeting.

The New Mexico House of Representatives District 12 is located in the southwest quadrant of Bernalillo County.  A map of District 12 is located here.

The commission approved the appointment of De La Cruz on a 4 to 1 vote.  Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty was dissenting.