For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
Contact: Alan Packman
Early Labor Endorsement Signals Strength Among Core Democratic Constituencies
ALBUQUERQUE - Bernalillo County Clerk and Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on Monday announced that she has received the endorsement of the International Association of Firefighters Local 244 for her campaign to ensure transparency and accountability at all levels of government.
"New Mexico families deserve to have leaders they can trust and that's why we fully support Maggie," said IAFF Local 244 President Diego Arencón. "We proudly endorse Maggie's campaign and are confident she will ensure accountability and integrity in the Secretary of State's Office. We look forward to working alongside Maggie throughout the campaign."
"I am grateful to our firefighters for endorsing my vision for accountable government in New Mexico,” said Toulouse Oliver. “I sincerely appreciate their early support.”
IAFF Local 244 joins a strong coalition of local and community leaders who have endorsed Maggie. A full list of endorsements can be found at www.maggietoulouseoliver.com.
Maggie has served as Bernalillo County Clerk since 2007 and has made protecting the right to vote, improving the integrity of the election process and ensuring accountable leadership her top priorities.
Recognizing the need for important reforms to New Mexico's campaign finance and electoral systems that allow for transparency and accountability in government, Maggie has been an outspoken advocate for the establishment of a Statewide Ethics Commission and an overhaul of how campaign contributions are tracked, reported and audited.
As our next Secretary of State, Maggie will build on her progress modernizing the election process and protecting the right to vote and work to ensure public trust in New Mexico's governmental institutions.
Maggie is a 2009 recipient of a New Mexico Technology Excellence award. In 2011, Maggie received the Distinguished Service Award from United Voters NM and Verified Voting NM for her work in promoting election integrity. In 2012, she was named one of NM Business Weekly’s “40 under 40” young professionals. Maggie was named one of "30 Women to Watch" by MSNBC and to Democracy for America's "Dean's Dozen" in 2014.
Maggie grew up in New Mexico, attended Albuquerque Public Schools and received her Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. She lives in Albuquerque with her two sons.