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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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