Toulouse Oliver Announces Campaign for SOS

Reform, Ethics & Accountability at Top of Agenda

ALBUQUERQUE - Today, Bernalillo County Clerk, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, announced that she will be a candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State in 2016.

"I'm running to ensure integrity and public trust in the Secretary of State's office," said Toulouse Oliver. "My top priority will be to enact thoughtful and innovative reforms to New Mexico's campaign finance system and hold elected officials, government employees, candidates, lobbyists and all political groups to the highest levels of ethical standards and accountability. The people of New Mexico deserve to have leaders they can trust."

 

Toulouse Oliver will be traveling around the state in the coming weeks to meet directly with voters and discuss her plans for reform.

Also announced today are the endorsements of many statewide and local elected officials and community leaders for Toulouse Oliver including:

Senator Martin Heinrich
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham
State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg
Former Lt. Governor Diane Denish
Former State Treasurer James Lewis
Former Secretary of State Clara Padilla Andrews
PRC Commissioner Valerie Espinoza
PRC Commissioner Sandy Jones
PRC Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy
PRC Commissioner Karen Montoya
Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen (Doña Ana)
Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez (Bernalillo & Valencia)
Senate Majority Caucus Chair Jacob Candelaria (Bernalillo)
State Senator Carlos Cisneros (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe & Taos)
State Senator Linda Lopez (Bernalillo)
State Senator Richard Martinez (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval & Santa Fe)
State Senator Cisco McSorley (Bernalillo)
State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino (Bernalillo)
State Senator Nancy Rodriguez (Santa Fe)
State Senator John Arthur Smith (Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra)
State Senator Bill Soules (Doña Ana)
State Senator Mimi Stewart (Bernalillo)
State Senator Peter Wirth (Santa Fe)
Former State Senator Dede Feldman (Bernalillo)
House Democratic Caucus Chair Patricia Roybal Caballero (Bernalillo)
State Representative Gail Chasey (Bernalillo)
State Representative Doreen Gallegos (Doña Ana)
State Representative Bealquin Bill Gomez (Doña Ana)
State Representative Antonio "Moe" Maestas (Bernalillo)
State Representative Javier Martinez (Bernalillo)
State Representative Bill McCamley (Doña Ana)
State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval & Santa Fe)
State Representative G. Andres Romero (Bernalillo)
State Representative Jeff Steinborn (Doña Ana)
State Representative Luciano "Lucky" Varela (Santa Fe)
Bernalillo County Assessor Tanya Giddings
Bernalillo County Commissioner Art de la Cruz
Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins
Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O'Malley
ABQ City Councilor Patrick Davis
ABQ City Councilor Diane Gibson
More information about Maggie and the campaign can be found at www.maggietoulouseoliver.comwww.facebook.com/Maggie4NM and www.twitter.com/clerkmaggie.

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Background:
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 Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. She lives in Albuquerque with her two sons.