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State high court seeks to fill seats of 2 retiring justices

October 2, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State judicial branch officials are seeking applications to the state’s highest court ahead of January.

Sergio Pareja, the chair of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, issued a call in a statement Monday.

Officials say the court must fill the positions of Justice Charles Daniels and Justice Petra Jimenez Maes, whose retirements begin Jan. 1.

Maes won election to the Supreme Court in 1998. Five years later, she became the first Hispanic woman to serve as the court’s chief justice. She twice held the position, including from 2003 to 2005 and 2012 to 2014.

Daniels was first appointed to the court in 2007. He also has served two stints as chief justice.

The candidate who wins the governor’s race in November will appoint their replacements.

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