Former secretary of state Vigil applies for appointment

Dianna Duran
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2015 file photo, New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran listens to proceedings during a hearing in state district court in Santa Fe, N.M. Duran abruptly resigned from office late Thursday, Oct. 22, amid a fraud investigation that alleges she siphoned off thousands of dollars from her election account and withdrew the money at casinos around the state. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan,File)

SANTA FE (AP) – Former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil is applying to be appointed back to her old job.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the Vigil is one of nine people whose names have been mentioned for the position that Republican Dianna Duran vacated last month.

Duran resigned before pleading guilty to embezzlement and other charges in a criminal case stemming from a fraud investigation into use of campaign donations.

A special election will be held in 2016 to select someone to serve out the remainder of Duran’s term, which ends in 2018.

Vigil, a Democrat, served three previous terms as secretary of state but was accused of a number of federal charges including fraud and embezzlement. The case was dismissed in 2012.

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