SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE)- New Mexico’s new Secretary of State elect, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, will be sworn in and will immediately take office.
Toulouse Oliver will be transitioning from Bernalillo County Clerk to Secretary of State and starting her new job on Friday. She is filling in the remaining two years left vacant by former Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Under regulations, she’s allowed to replace the agency’s current interim leader Brad Winter, who was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez nearly one year ago after Duran’s resignation.
Her resignation came after she pleaded guilty to numerous crimes including misuse of campaign funds to finance a gambling habit and was then jailed for a month.
That caused an election this year when the Secretary of State election usually takes place in non-presidential election years.
Toulouse Oliver beat out Republican State Representative Nora Espinoza after a round of nasty campaign ads.
Statewide officials are usually sworn in on January 1. The reason for Toulouse Oliver starting early is because she is filling an unexpired term.
Toulouse Oliver will be sworn in at 4 p.m. on Friday in Santa Fe.