For Immediate Release
Tuesday February 2nd, 2016
Contact: Alan Packman
Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Turns in More Than 5,500 Signatures
ALBUQUERQUE - Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver on Tuesday turned in more than 5,500 signatures — more than twice as many as are required — as part of the formal process of filing her candidacy for Secretary of State.
Toulouse Oliver, who has served nine years as Bernalillo County clerk, announced her candidacy in January, but it is only by turning in signatures from voters by Tuesday’s deadline that Toulouse Oliver can secure a place on the ballot.
“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 robust debate in this campaign about the best ways to engage New Mexicans in our democracy and to restore their trust in state government.”
Toulouse Oliver 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.
“We must all make our voices heard so that we can build a strong, transparent and accountable system that voters can believe in,” Toulouse Oliver said.
Toulouse Oliver will face Republican Nora Espinoza in the November 8 general election.
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.