Debate highlights stakes in race for New Mexico secretary of state

Maggie Toulouse Oliver
Maggie Toulouse Oliver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The two candidates vying to become New Mexico’s next secretary of state are meeting in a public debate to help voters decide who is best suited to be the state’s top elections officer.

Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver hopes to reinstate Democratic leadership of the Secretary of State’s Office by defeating Republican state lawmaker Nora Espinoza of Roswell in the November general election.

A debate between the two was scheduled for Sunday morning at a Jewish community center in Albuquerque.

Toulouse Oliver favors making voter registration easier, while Espinoza has emphasized concerns about voter fraud.

The victor in the polls will fill the remainder of a term vacated by former Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Duran resigned last year after pleading guilty to felony counts of embezzlement. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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