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Santa Fe school board eyes changes after member admits DWIs

October 18, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe school board is considering changes after a newly appointed board member admitted he had abused cocaine and had been arrested for four drunken driving charges.

The Albuquerque Journal reports board members were ready to change policy to ensure better vetting of board candidates in the future.

Court records show 47-year-old Rudy Garcia has pleaded guilty in two of the drunken-driving cases. Two drunken driving counts later were dismissed.

Garcia didn’t disclose his record before his appointment. He says that “maybe” he should have disclosed it.

Vacant seats are filled by board vote.

Garcia also is the Democratic nominee for a Santa Fe County Commission seat in the November general election.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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