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Santa Fe County Clerk

Four-year term. Must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the county from which elected. The Clerk is the ex-offico recorder of Santa Fe County and may legally record any document that is certified. The office also issues marriage and occupational licenses. The County Clerk’s Bureau of Elections administers all elections in the County.El Secretario del Condado o County ClerkEl aspirante debe tener por lo menos 18 años cumplidos y residir en el condado por el cual se está postulando. El Secretario es el registrador de oficio del Condado de Santa Fe y puede registrar legalmente cualquier documento certificado. Su oficina también expide licencias matrimoniales y profesionales. La Oficina de Elecciones del Secretario del Condado administra todas las elecciones en el Condado.

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    Katharine E Clark
    (Dem)

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    Geraldine Salazar
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

1. What qualifies you for this position?

2. Why do you want this position?

3. What are the biggest challenges in the county clerk’s office?

4. How would you handle them?

Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 8149
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Campaign Email katharine4nm@gmail.com
Twitter @katharine4NM
Campaign Phone 505-819-3353
Occupation Santa Fe County Clerk
As the current Santa Fe County Clerk, I've transformed our office with overdue changes: professionalizing our workforce and operations, reporting election results quickly, clearing real estate and months-long probate backlogs, and removing undemocratic barriers to voter registration. In the climate of election threats and modern government complexity. I rely on 15 years of experience as a technologist and executive manager, and a decade in public service to lead a team that measurably delivers for voters and provides improved customer service. As the only Certified County Clerk in Santa Fe County, it is my record of improvements that empower our constituents —through efficiency, accessibility, and inclusivity— that makes me most qualified.
Coming from a military family, I am passionate about protecting our democracy in service to my community. Election officials should ensure access to the ballot, defending a democratic process that accurately reflects our diversity. As Santa Fe County Clerk, I've implemented forward-thinking solutions for better voter engagement and security, including securing millions in funding for advanced election equipment and introducing ballot boxes and same-day registration. My commitment extends to modernizing our systems, increasing accessibility, and ensuring every vote is safe and every voice is heard. I seek to continue making meaningful impact, ensuring our democratic process remains fair, secure, and representative of all constituents.
Our biggest challenge is ensuring that our democratic process remains fair and equal in this era of threats, post-covid complications and new legislation. We must balance making our office accessible and customer friendly for the public, while still prioritizing the safety of our staff and the security of our ballots. The hard truth is that today, elections are under siege. We’ve had shutdowns due to death threats at our Clerk’s office. The FBI has warned us that our election staff should open mail with narcan on hand due to fentanyl maliciously being sent through the mail. Every election, new laws and procedures have been introduced to which we must adapt, balancing security and access, and ensuring votes are protected and will count.
My 3rd day in office was Jan 6. I corrected the previous administration’s security lapses to ensure the safety of staff and security of your vote while increasing public access. We now maintain a badged area in the office, GPS tracking for ballots, and created an election command center for rapid response. We enhanced services by overhauling our website, improving phone and email response, and allowing credit card payments. We expanded voting access by increasing polling sites and installed the most ballot drop boxes per capita. We put record research computers in our foyer, digitized 99% of real estate records, and put them online for 24/7 instant download. Whatever challenges we face, my staff and I will keep showing up to serve.
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 2003
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Campaign Phone 505-690-5133
Occupation Currently Retired
I am uniquely qualified for the position after serving eight years as the Santa Fe County Clerk from 2013 to 2020. Prior to being elected twice for the position, I served almost 5 years as a Recording Clerk, Public Records Request Liaison, Public Information Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to the County Clerk.

My skills in the administration of county wide elections, local elections, personnel management, budget, procurement, grant writing, training, outreach, public relations and years of public service enable me to manage a high volume operation and office effectively.

I have expertise in handling complex problems without arousing hostility. I am a proven leader, collaborator and team player with a creative aptitude.
I and others have attempted to do business at the Clerk’s Office and were told that based on policy we could not research public records in the old books or access the public computers in the foyer. This is not acceptable. I will make sure that the clerk’s office provides the required customer service.

Also, many long-term career employees have left the Recording, Records and Election Divisions. Consequently, much institutional knowledge has been lost. I want to rebuild services and staff morale.

I can effectively manage elections. I managed the 2020 election which was the most difficult and historic election in Santa Fe County. Together with the clerk’s team we worked to make a successful 2020 Election which I am very proud of.
Election security, voter confidence, staff morale, and customer service are critical challenges. Also, ensuring the new election warehouse is appropriately renovated, secure and operational is a priority. Finally, procurement and budget management and adhering to all legal mandates of the office are a requirement.
Conduct a full assessment of all office operations. Meet with staff to listen to their perspectives on operational successes and needs.

For election security I will work collaboratively with Federal security experts, the NM Secretary of State, election equipment vendors, County IT staff and other County departments. I will make sure the clerk’s office adheres to all Federal and State legal election mandates to ensure free, fair and secure elections.

Before leaving office, I updated and established job descriptions and positions to improve office operations, security and voter confidence. These job descriptions and their responsibilities will be part of my full assessment to analyze effectiveness and institute needed improvements.