New Mexico Elections Chief Quits

New Mexico Elections Chief Quits

POSTED: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 3:57pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 7, 2010 - 11:31am

Santa Fe, NM - (AP) - The director of the state Bureau of Elections has resigned just three months before New Mexico's June primary election.

A.J. Salazar resigned Friday after 10 months on the job.

A spokesman for Secretary of State Mary Herrera, James Flores, says Salazar gave no reason.

Flores says the secretary of state's office will make sure the primary is administered efficiently.

The elections director's job has proved hard to keep filled.

Salazar was hired last April to a job that had been vacant since late 2008, when Gerald Gonzalez resigned after three months.

Before that, Herrera appointed U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's son-in-law, Jim Noel. He decided against taking the job after Republicans criticized his Udall connection.

Herrera's first Elections Bureau director, Daniel Ivey-Soto, retired three months before the June 2008 primary.

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