SANTA FE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled against a Public Education Commission member seeking to be placed on the general election ballot as an independent candidate.
Tyson Parker of Corrales said Tuesday he's considering his legal options after District Judge Martha Vazquez denied his request for an order requiring the secretary of state to add him to the November ballot.
Unless Parker quickly could win an appeal of last week's ruling, Democrat Karyl Ann Ambruster of Los Alamos will be unopposed for the District 4 commission seat held by Parker.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Parker last year to fill a vacancy on the 10-member commission, which can approve the creation of charter schools.
Parker sued last month, contending that New Mexico's election laws discriminate against independent candidates by requiring them to submit an unfairly high number of voter signatures on nominating petitions.
Parker, a registered independent voter since 1999, didn't qualify as a candidate because he submitted 1,379 petition signatures, which was short of the 2,196 required by law.