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Sandoval County Clerk

The County Clerk is the ex-officio recorder for the county and may legally record any document that is certified. The office issues marriage and occupational licenses. The clerk’s bureau of elections administers all elections in the county. Elected for a four-year term with no more than two terms in succession.

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    Anne S Brady-Romero
    (Dem)

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    Tanya Renee Watkins
    (Rep)

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Campaign Mailing Address 5345 Vera Cruz Rd NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
Campaign Phone 505-585-5414
Campaign Email Watkins4NM@gmail.com
Twitter @@Watkins4NM
Occupation Educator
My qualifications for this office include extensive experience in Document Control, as well as having gained pertinent skills as an Office Manager. Additionally, being a certified Educator by profession, I bring a broad range of supervisory abilities, from having managed employees in an office to successfully teaching classrooms full of young people. My aptitude for meticulous attention to detail, along with a servant's heart, are traits to, also, be strongly encouraged and expected in my staff.
My top priority is to make sure residents know that each voice matters, through creating a more open, accessible, and transparent atmosphere within this office. I experience great fulfillment by serving my community and striving for improvements for the people within it. Because every vote counts, I view this campaign as belonging to the citizens of Sandoval, whom I will represent. I will make a concerted effort to promote voter registration, validating the importance of this democratic process.
Success with voter turnout hinges on presentation; therefore, by increasing advertisement and focusing more on educating and actively engaging current and prospective electorates, we can greatly improve results. Also, involving our children is key, since they embody the future of our great nation. All citizens should be reminded that voting is a hard-fought-for privilege, not an inalienable right, so in order to maintain such freedoms, we need to be intentional about practicing our civic duties.
The biggest challenges in the Clerk's office are maintaining accurately thorough and competent oversight of day-to-day legal document filings, in addition to ensuring a fair, transparent, and secure outcome in all elections. Ever-growing crime rates threaten infiltration of these important processes, with technological advances posing the possibility of identity theft and voter fraud, which directly affect the integrity of this office. I will continue actively advocating to protect the innocent.
The Clerk seat should absolutely remain an elected position. While an assistant to the Commission, as well as a steward of residents' legal affairs, and the overseer of elections, the individual holding this position is accountable to all, so it stands to reason that his or her selection be made by every citizen, as opposed to a handful of individuals, or even one hiring manager, who may not hold the majority opinion of electors. In this way, I remain a true representative of the people I serve.