For Immediate Release Statement on Secretary of State Resignation

Posted on October 23, 2015

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Common Cause New Mexico’s Executive Director, Viki Harrison, released the following statement today regarding the Secretary of State’s resignation:

“The resignation of the Secretary of State is the first critical step in rebuilding the public's trust in our political system. Protecting the integrity of our elections and ensuring unbiased, non-partisan enforcement of campaign finance laws is the primary responsibility of the Secretary's office,” said Harrison. “The Office of the Secretary of State is in charge of the most critical functions across the state to ensure the utmost integrity in our political process. 

We are gratified that the former Secretary of State and the Attorney General made an agreement that will resolve the situation. 

The 2016 elections are already upon us, and voters and candidates alike need to know that the office is functioning at the highest level possible. Our hope is that Governor Susana Martinez will quickly appoint a qualified person to serve the rest of Duran’s term so that the fundamental functions of our state's democracy may be restored."


Common Cause New Mexico is the state affiliate of Common Cause.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause National, Common Cause New Mexico

Issues: Ethics, Ethics, Voting and Elections, Voting and Elections, Money in Politics, Money in Politics, More Democracy Reforms

Tags: Creating an Ethics Commission , State Ethics

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