Toulouse Oliver becomes New Mexico’s Secretary of State

Maggie Toulouse Oliver
Maggie Toulouse Oliver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Democrat and Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver is looking at a promotion Wednesday morning after beating rival, Nora Espinoza.

Toulouse Oliver is now preparing to fill the remaining two years of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s term, who resigned from office last year after pleading guilty to misusing campaign funds.

Toulouse Oliver says the first and most important item she will focus on, in her words, is “bringing faith and trust back into our election system here in New Mexico.”

She says she plans on doing this by bringing much needed reform to the broken election system and campaign finance regulations. She also says she will do this by supporting a non-partisan ethics commission bill.

The Secretary of State race was at times contentious. Still, Toulouse Oliver beat her opponent, Espinoza, by a fairly large margin.

The two candidates clashed on many issues. Espinoza voiced concerns about possible voter fraud and pushed for a requirement for photo voter identification, saying Toulouse Oliver opposed photo voter ID.

“I support any law that will enhance the integrity of our election process, but not at the cost of prohibiting voters being able to cast a ballot. I would love for us to see some sort of compromise emerge to accomplish both things,” said Toulouse Oliver.

Toulouse Oliver will have to run again for Secretary of State in two years.

Right now, Brad Winter is holding down the Secretary of State Office after being appointed by Governor Susana Martinez. He did not seek election.

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