ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Democratic Party of New Mexico plans to elect a new leader at its next meeting in April.

The state party has been without a leader since mid-March when Richard Ellenberg resigned as chairman amid criticism over his handling of sexual misconduct claims.

Party officials announced this week that the election for a new chair will be held April 21 during the organization’s spring meeting in Truth or Consequences. Members of the state central committee will cast their votes and a new chair will take office as soon as the results are tallied.

The meeting will be open to the public.

The leadership shake-up comes as Democrats are hoping to recapture the governor’s seat and are working to flip a closely watched congressional seat in southern New Mexico.

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