For Immediate Release
Friday, February 12th, 2016
Contact: Alan Packman
Secretary of State Candidate Earns Support of Largest Women’s Political Organization in U.S.
Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced on Friday that she has received the endorsement of EMILY’s List—the nation’s largest political organization supporting women candidates—for her campaign to become New Mexico’s next secretary of state.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, recruits and trains candidates, supports strong campaigns, researches women's issues, and turns out women voters. They have helped to elect more than 100 women to the U.S. House of Representatives, 19 to the U.S. Senate, 10 governors, and more than 500 to state and local office.
“Maggie Toulouse Oliver's record of making our democracy more open and inclusive is helping to move New Mexico forward and to create a culture of civic engagement that will give families -- and future generations -- increased access to the ballot and renewed trust in their elected officials,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “As a mother and as a New Mexican, Maggie Toulouse Oliver is committed to creating policies that ensure accountability and transparency in state government.”
Toulouse Oliver, who has served nine years as Bernalillo County clerk, has been a strong voice for reform, especially in the fallout of the conviction of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran on corruption charges. Toulouse Oliver has recently advocated at the New Mexico Legislature for the creation of an ethics commission and the implementation of an automatic voter registration system.
“I have dedicated my career to increasing access to the ballot and making sure that government operates with integrity,” Toulouse Oliver said. “I am looking forward to a robust debate in this campaign about the best ways to engage New Mexicans in our democracy and to restore their trust in state government.”
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 and earned Common Cause New Mexico's "Best in Government 2015" award for her efforts to pass an on-line voter registration bill.
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.