I received word via e-mail this morning that. Sen. Ben Altamirano passed away following what’s believed to be a “massive heart attack.” KRQE is reporting he died here in Silver City, while the messages I’ve received indicate he was in Santa Fe.
What this means for his district is entirely up in the air right now. Following what I can only describe as the fiasco that took place when filling Manny Herrera’s seat, finding somebody to represent the area for the remainder of Benny’s term should be an interesting affair indeed.
The Silver City Daily Press ran an article yesterday quoting the long-time senator; I’ll see if I can track down when the interview occurred.