The New Mexican The office of the New Mexico secretary of state is, to put it mildly, a mess: a politicized pit where paranoia reigns supreme and public service is a distant second — if even that, according to disgruntled former employees. Even taking their complaints with necessary grains of salt, the office has lost the confidence of too many of the New Mexicans it purports to serve.

Since that office is the one people count on for record-keeping and for ensuring fair elections, it's time to clean house — beginning with the secretary herself. Mary Herrera might have, as she claims, inherited an office in disarray; her predecessor faces federal indictments. But four years later, the operation is borderline chaotic.

New Mexico's voters need to break 80 years of Democratic rule in that office — and elect Dianna Duran secretary of state.

Duran, who has served as Otero County Clerk and for the past 17 years as a state senator, promises to restore accountability and credibility to the office she seeks. There's good reason to think she can do it: Her combination of county and state experience, and a solid record of integrity, should have state and local officials alike rallying 'round her.

The New Mexican recommends Dianna Duran for secretary of state.

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