Leadership change comes early at New Mexico elections agency

Maggie Toulouse Oliver

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico’s incoming secretary of state will take office early to replace a temporary appointee to the state’s top oversight post for elections and campaign finances.

The Secretary of State’s Office announced Wednesday that Maggie Toulouse Oliver will take the oath of office on Dec. 9 rather than wait until the start of the new year.

Toulouse Oliver was elected as a Democrat to serve out the final two years of a term vacated by Republican Dianne Duran, who resigned in 2015 and was convicted on embezzlement and money laundering charges. Duran acknowledged violating laws she was supposed to uphold by using campaign funds to fuel a gambling spree.

Albuquerque City Councilor Brad Winter served as secretary of state for the past year under an appointment by Gov. Susana Martinez.

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