2022 STATE OFFICES GUIDE

At the New Mexico Business Coalition, we understand that it’s important that each voter is educated in every election, so they can be well-informed, and vote correctly- the person and their positions are more important than the party.

We believe that it’s important that voter’s are careful who they vote for as decisions made by those in high-ranking state office positions will have a major impact on how government policies are enacted in the state while helping to keep our government effective and organized. So at NMBC, we encourage all voters to look at the qualifications, experience, and stated positions of each candidate, not their party affiliation.

STATE AUDITOR

Joseph Maestas (D)
Jason Vaillancourt (L)

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UNM 
  • Master’s degree in civil engineering from Arizona State University
  • Graduated Hot Springs High School in Truth or Consequences
  • Manufacturer-trained in over 20 different brands and types of technologies.

EXPERIENCE

  • New Mexico Public Regulation commissioner
  • Worked as a Federal Transportation and Water Resources Engineer for 30+ years
  • Elected as an Espanola city councilor, mayor of Espanola, city councilor in Santa Fe (over a span of 14 years)
  • Former president of N.M. Municipal League
  • Former chair of N.M. Voices for Children
  • Vice chair of Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission
  • State grassroots director for Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP NM),
  • Vice chair of the Libertarian Party of NM (LPNM)
  • Retail, Construction, and Manufacturing Management for 32 years

TOP PRIORITIES

“Create a dashboard of key indicators to quickly reveal salient fraud, waste and abuse. Target audits where public funding is highest and most impactful like federal infrastructure, education and social services. Protect New Mexico’s most vulnerable by cracking down on exploitative adult guardianships. Safeguard vital data and infrastructure by auditing cybersecurity funding.”

– ABQ Journal Interview

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SECRETARY OF STATE

Mayna Myers (L)

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s, Provo College, Criminal Justice, 2009

EXPERIENCE

  • Worked at Wal-Mart as an Asset Protection Manager since 2012
  • Served at the Utah State Prison, 2007 – 2011
  • Worked as a Operations Support District Manager
  • Worked as a Food Service Director

GOALS FOR POSITION

UNKNOWN

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Maggie Toulouse Oliver (D)

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Has been serving as the Secretary of State since 2016
  • Graduated with a B.A. in Political Science & Spanish from UNM, 2001
  • Received an M.A. in Political Science, 2005

EXPERIENCE

  • Served as Bernalillo County Clerk for 10 years
  • Worked for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman in his DC Office and re-election campaign in 2000
  • Serves as a board member of New Mexico’s Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
  • Serves in the New Mexico Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
  • Serves with the state Commission on Records and Archives

GOALS FOR POSITION

“Will continue to fight for voting rights and the election transparency that all New Mexicans trust.”

-Maggie Toulouse Oliver 

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Audrey Trujillo (R)

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Received an MA in Public Administration from UNM
  • Received a BA in Criminology from UNM
  • Received a BA in Spanish & Portuguese from UNM

EXPERIENCE

  • Political Director for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of NM
  • District 2 Ward Chair for Sandoval County
  • PTA President/Treasurer for Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Program Director for CMC Corrales Mentor Center
  • General Contractor
  • Rental Manager
  • Small Business Owner
  • Court Interpreter

GOALS FOR POSITION

“Every eligible voter should be able to vote and never be burden of any costs for this right. If there is a financial need in the future to secure an identification card to vote, Audrey Trujillo will ensure that you will be able to have access.”

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STATE TREASURER

Harry Montoya (R)
Laura Montoya (D)

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Degree in Psychology , Westmar College 
  • Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from NMSU, 1984
  • B.A. – political science, psychology with a minor in sociology
  • M.A. – public affairs
  • Rotary Scholar, University of Costa Rica, in international relations and Spanish
  • 600+ credit hours in finance, business, investments, economics, & management

EXPERIENCE

  • Served as the Founding Executive Director for Los Alamos Citizens Against Substance Abuse (non-profit), 1990-1995
  • Founder of Hands Across Cultures (non-profit) in 1995
  • Appointed to the Pojoaque School Board in 1994, then re-elected for two consecutive four year terms.
  • Elected President of the New Mexico School Board Association
  • Served as a delegate to the National School Board Association Convention for 3 years
  • Elected as a Santa Fe County Commissioner 2002, then re-elected in 2006.
  • Served on the National Association of Counties Board of Directors for 6 years
  • Served as Chair of the Labor, Employment & Economic Development Committee for 4 years
  • Served in Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Government for 23 years
  • Sandoval County Treasurer for 4 years (served 2 terms)
  • Served in N.M. State Treasurer’s Office
  • Worked in the N.M. House of Representatives
  • Served in the N.M. Senate
  • Certified Public Official (NM EDGE NMSU)
  • Certified Public Manager (NM EDGE NMSU)
  • Certified Treasury Official (NM EDGE NMSU)

GOALS FOR POSITION

“My commitment is to ensure that your tax dollars to the State of New Mexico are legally spent, in accordance with our state’s Constitution. That we ensure trust, accountability, transparency, and the highest ethical standards to all of state government while making the best use of our funds.”

-Ballot Ready

“Work on policies to ensure transparency, fairness, and equitability. Remove the gap of inequity between rich and poor, and rural and urban. Provide outreach, resources, and assistance to tribal, county and municipal government entities especially with the Local Government Investment Pool. Support financial literacy.”

-ABQ Journal Interview

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ATTORNEY GENERAL

Jeremy Gay (R)
Raul Torres (D)

QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Served as a United States Marine Corps Officer and Judge Advocate, 2015-2019
  • JD, Ave Maria School of Law, 2014
  • Bachelor’s, Ave Maria University, Political Philosophy, 2011
  • High School Diploma, Gregory The Great Academy, 2007
  • Has been the Bernalillo County District Attorney since 2017
  • Graduated from Harvard University
  • Received a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics
  • Received his law degree from Stanford University
  • President Obama appointed Raúl to serve as a White House Fellow & Special Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States in 2009

EXPERIENCE

  • Has been managing his own private law firm since 2019
  • Has managed a legal assistance office protecting service members, veterans, and their families from consumer fraud and predatory lenders.
  • Served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, training and assisting federal law enforcement officers in investigating and prosecuting crimes.
  • Served as the Development Officer for the César E. Chávez Foundation.
  • Former American Bar Association/Young Lawyers Division Scholar
  • Former Deputy Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Former Treasurer for the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association
  • Former board member of the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation

TOP PRIORITIES

  • Protect New Mexico- Despite the consistent rise in violent crimes and crimes against personal property, there has been no effective strategy or focus to make New Mexico a safer state.
  • Defend Law Enforcement- Law enforcement and the people of New Mexico deserve an Attorney General who will fight to keep police well funded and well trained to best serve their communities.
  • Guard our Borders- An open border does not simply invite drug trade and human trafficking into New Mexico, it also increases the demand in the economy of criminal activity.

-Jeremy Gay

“As attorney general, I will use my experience as a prosecutor to fight for consumers, safeguard the environment, reform our criminal justice system and take on corruption and special interests. I will also continue to stand up to unlawful militia groups and any extremist activity that threatens our democracy.”

-ABQ Journal Interview

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