A Questa rancher announced she will seek the Republican nomination for secretary of state.

Tracy Tatro Trujillo, 45, said by phone Monday she is running for the position because she feels Republicans don’t have a “fair voice in this state. There are a lot of good people in all political parties but it seems to me like Republicans are getting a bad name. Maybe that’s because they are more vocal than anybody else.”

Trujillo, who also works at Randall Lumber and Hardware in Taos, moved from Montana to New Mexico six years ago, she said.

She said one of her priorities is to ensure all state elections are “100 percent transparent” to all voters.

Among other measures, she said she would find a way to connect with residents in assisted living and nursing homes, as well as hospitals, to ensure they cast ballots.

“I want voter ID [for elections],” she said. “The only people allowed to do mail-in voting will be overseas military members.”

Though Trujillo has not held political office before, she said she is well known around the state through her position as head of the Women’s Leadership Program for the Taos County chapter of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

She said she plans to have a website operating by the end of August, and is looking to raise $50,000 in campaign funds for advertising.

Asked if she foresees any challenges in running for the office, Trujillo said, “I have tattoos and colored hair. And the other challenge is the fact that I’m a Republican.”

Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver, the Secretary of State, has not yet formally announced whether she plans to run for reelection in the 2021 general election. She has served in the position since 2016.

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Robert Nott has covered education and youth issues for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is assigned to The New Mexican's city desk where he covers a general assignment beat.

(7) comments

Jay Bird

is nationalism a gravy train for second-rates looking for a comeup now? for shame

Stephen Day

Trujillo says Republicans are getting a bad name. Maybe it's because of this: "I want voter ID. The only people allowed to do mail-in voting will be overseas military members."

Richard Reinders

The democrats want voter ID too didn't you get the memo.

Kathy Krickhahn

Someone should perhaps explain to her that the Sec of State doesn't get to determine the requirements for voting in the state, and that the job she seeks entails faithfully enforcing the voting requirements established by the legislature, even the mail in voting that she doesn't like. The reason Republicans get a bad name is because they generally don't understand, or even particularly support, democracy.

Cleve Spence

Another Jim Crow republican!


Any politician who promotes transparent elections and Voter ID gets my vote. Where can I contribute?

Red Eagle


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