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The Bernalillo County Board of County Commissioners is accepting applications from individuals interested in filling the vacant District 17 seat of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

The commission will appoint a replacement for Democratic Representative Debbie Armstrong, who resigned her seat in July. Armstrong was known for legislation helping repeal New Mexico’s abortion ban, clearing the way for recreational cannabis and making it legal for terminally ill patients to end their own lives. She had served the district since 2014.

Anyone interested must be at least 21 years old and live within the boundaries of House District 17District 17 is located in the northeast and northwest quadrants of Bernalillo County. A map of District 17 is located here

The seat will be filled based on the current vacated district boundaries and not the new boundaries which will not be in effect until Jan. 1, 2023. 

The Board of County Commissioners will address the District 17 replacement at a special administrative meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 9 am. The meeting will be held via Zoom.  Bernalillo County meeting agendas and information can be found at

Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 5 pm.  Applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé to the Bernalillo County Manager’s Office, Attention: Julie Morgas Baca, County Manager, 415 Silver Ave, SW, 8th Floor, Albuquerque, NM, 87102 or via email to: