Ill Democratic representative won’t return

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – One of the two Democratic representatives who missed the session because of illness won’t be coming back.

South Valley Democrat Ernie Chavez reportedly suffered a spider bite that made him seriously ill.

The 77-year-old has decided not to run for re-election in November.

His absence and that of Las Cruces Rep. Phil Archuleta – who had a serious hip injury – left the Democrats shorthanded on several key votes.

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