Our endorsements for county offices
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012
County clerk: Salazar
Geraldine Salazar is the best candidate running for Santa Fe County clerk because of her temperament, experience and knowledge.
Salazar, who has worked in the health industry at the then-Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center, and later as a real estate agent, came to the clerk’s office four years ago. She serves as public records custodian and assists in outreach to the media. Inside the office, she has learned the nuts-and-bolts of running elections — the clerk’s most essential job — but also has had to deal with the public and with the businesses that need to register deeds and the individuals who are applying for wedding licenses. Her experience at the health department in managing budgets gives her a crucial advantage in stepping into the job once elected.
Best of all, Salazar believes in running the office as a team — asking for advice, listening and considering all views. She is a registered Democrat, but does not come to the race from party politics, giving her a more bipartisan sheen than some of her opponents. Because the Clerk’s Office runs the election, it is essential that the person running the elections be perceived as fair and balanced. For county clerk, The New Mexican endorses Geraldine Salazar.